'Elp' for deaf residents.(News)

Four young deaf women in Southport are now safer in their home thanks to help from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. Joanna Holmes, Louise Pitchers, Kirsty Middleton and Nichola Thompson were visited by the new deaf advocates, who are now part of the Community Fire Safety Team.

Following a free home fire safety check, a tailor-made smoke alarm system has been fitted which has flashing lights in each bedroom, the hallway and landing, a specialist smoke detector in the kitchen and vibrating pads that can be placed under pillows. Should a fire ever occur, all the alarms would activate, giving the residents a vital warning that could save their lives.

It is the first time the fire service has fitted such a complex smoke detector system for deaf residents. …

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