Students at Kentucky School for the Deaf went home Thursday carrying a gift that could save their lives.
Each of KSD's 85 elementary and middle school students received a smoke detector specially designed for the deaf and hearing impaired. The devices have a powerful strobe light that flashes when there is fire danger and emit a louder, shriller alarm than normal smoke detectors.
"With the deaf, everything is visual," said Paul Smiley, KSD's safety officer. "These are visual alarms. They will see it even if they are sleeping. This will do it for the deaf."
The alarms, which cost about $160 each, were provided through a grant from the National SAFE Home Foundation, a non-profit agency that has been supplying smoke detectors to fire departments around the country since 1990 to reduce fire deaths and injuries.