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State offers smoke detectors for the deaf

February 2, 2012
Messenger News

Area residents who are deaf may be able to get special smoke detectors installed in their homes for free through a new state program.

Iowa has received a $40,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to buy smoke detectors that use both sound and strobe lights to alert people to a fire. The program was announced Wednesday by State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds and the Office of Deaf Services.

To request a smoke detector through this program, residents should call Linda Scott in the Office of Deaf Services at 281-3164 or (888) 221-3724. They can also send her an e-mail at

There is no guarantee that everyone who applies will receive a smoke detector.



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