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For Oklahomans with Disabilities: Free Smoke Alarms and Alert Equipment

FREE Smoke Alarms Rack Card“Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you might have just two minutes to escape?”

Think about your loved ones, your neighbors, ANYONE of ANY age you know who has one of these disabilities* and give them this information!

Get FREE smoke alarms and alert equipment, installed by professionals, at your convenience!

* Disabilities include low vision or blindness, deaf or hard of hearing, or use of a mobility device. If someone you know frequently asks you to repeat something, wears glasses, or uses a cane occasionally, they WILL qualify for this program. Call Milissa (405-744-9863) or Shelley (405-744-4254) at ABLE Tech, we're happy to provide information.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to install smoke alarms and specialized alert equipment in the homes of Oklahomans with disabilities. The newest grant has expanded eligibility to include individuals who are blind, have low vision or use a mobility device; the grant will also continue to provide equipment for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. OkAT, with partners Oklahoma ABLE Tech and Fire Protection Publications, both located at Oklahoma State University, will install the free life-saving equipment across the state for individuals of all ages who have vision, mobility or hearing disabilities.

In addition to smoke alarms, the equipment installation includes a loud, low-frequency bedside alert and bed shaker for those who are hard of hearing. In the homes of individuals who are deaf, an alarm with a strobe light is also installed to provide visual notification in the event of a fire. Trained fire safety professionals assist household members by creating a customized home fire escape plan along with a home safety survey which helps with the prevention of fires and burns, falls, accidental poisonings, and other common home injuries.

Applications are available online at or call Milissa (405-744-9863) or Shelley (405-744-4254) to request an application by mail. Equipment is available while supplies last. To qualify applicants must have a professional attest to their disability as part of a completed application.

Click here to download the card shown above as a PDF – or, click the illustration!