It can take less than three minutes for a fire to completely engulf a room and the risk of fatality increases as much as 60 per cent without an effective smoke alarm. Additionally, Fire and Rescue NSW research shows that between 2000 and 2014, 56 per cent of fire fatality incidents had no smoke alarm present, with the vast majority of these fatalities occurring between midnight and 6:00am. For deaf and hard of hearing people who cannot hear a smoke alarm, specialist alarms that include a strobe light and pillow shaker are available at the cost of $20. 

If you live in NSW and experience severe to profound hearing loss or know someone who does, apply to receive a subsidised alarm by contacting the Deaf Society at

Please click HERE to read the Safety Message from Fire & Rescue NSW.

You can also contact us on; Via phone on 8833 3600 Via TTY: 8833 3691