The fire-alarm device used in the house is not popular among for the Deaf possibly due to the high price.
The fire-alarm device in the house, which catch smoke and heat and warn the resident of a fire, will be required to be installed in every house by June 1, 2011. However, most of the devices are auditory, ineffective to the Deaf.
A Deaf man, who lived in the second floor of an apartment house in Tokyo, slept through unaware of the fire occurred in the right one under his room. He was surprised to know of the fire when he got up in the morning. Even he did not hear the ambulance siren at that time.
The flash-light type of the fire-alarm device is effective for the Deaf, which only two companies have produced. Moreover, it is expensive; about 18,000 yen.
The single-unit, consisting of a radio signal type received by the wristwatch-type alarm vibrates, costs about 50,000 yen, too. High price is a big hurdle to get.
The Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Fire and Disaster Management Agency has started the "study committee concerning the ideal way of the fire warning equipment, etc. that meets the needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing that composes of the scholars, the Deaf, and the industry groups, etc. in June, 2010.
The committee discusses the means of the alarm system accessibility to the senior citizen and the Deaf, not only in the house, but also the public facilities such as airports and shopping centers. This agency says, "The spread of more alarm units for the Deaf will be examined overall".