Hearing Impaired Smoke Alarms & Bed Shaker

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Working smoke alarms save lives. However, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may not be able to depend on the traditional smoke alarm to alert them to a fire. The Frankfort Fire & EMS Department has been awarded a grant from FEMA to install specialized smoke alarm aids in the homes of people who have a hearing impairment, deaf, or other special needs. Those who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants that they remove when sleeping also qualify for these specialized alarms in their homes.

These alarms utilize bed shakers and strobe lights to warn those who can’t hear audible alarms that there is smoke or fire danger. This is a new service that Frankfort Fire & EMS Department is proud to provide with the full support of the Board of Commissioners. There is no cost to the applicant or recipient of these special devices.

This program is currently only for persons living in the Frankfort corporate limits. There are a limited number of these specialized smoke alarm aids available and will be provided on a first come, first served basis to those qualified individuals who submit an application with the appropriate paperwork. To apply, fill out the application below or call (502) 875-8539 with any program or application questions.

Frankfort Fire & EMS Department is currently able to provide this life-saving technology to qualified applicants at NO COST and includes combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector.

Complete an online application here.   Online Application

Download  & Complete  Application.     Paper Application 

Smoke Detector Installation Wavier:    Installation Waiver


 Common Questions and Answers:


Are there any costs associated with receiving an alarm?

           No. The alarm, device and installation is free.

How many bed shakers can I receive through this program?

            One for each bedroom for qualified persons in the home.

What if I don’t have working smoke alarms in my home?

            No problem - Each device will come with a combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm.

Who do I contact if my bed shaker malfunctions?

             You may call us at (502) 875-8539 or email gmuller@frankfort.ky.gov

How long does it take to receive an alarm after applying?

             Attempts will be made to fulfill approved requests as quickly as possible. The intent is within a day or two of receiving an application, our office will contact the request or and once approved, we will coordinate installation with the applicant.

Are there any structural modifications made to my home during the installation?

             No. Bed shakers are installed near your bed and only require an electric outlet – the combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm is attached by screws into the wall.

If there is a fire, will this unit notify my local fire department? Or, will I still need to call 911?

              No, the bed-shaker will not alert your fire department. Yes – please call 911 in the event of a fire.

How old do you have to be?

               Any citizen within the City limits is eligible to receive this, whether it is for a child, adult, or senior citizen. The criteria is that a hearing loss or hard of hearing person lives in the home.