The Fire and Disaster Management Agency under the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications has decided the policy of obligating the installation of the flashing fire-alarm device for the Deaf in public facilities such as the airports, the stations, hotels, etc.
Authorities will revise the fire regulations to require these public facilities to use not only audio alarm devices but also the flashing alarm one to warn the Deaf of the fire simultaneously. The revised regulations will start in fiscal year 2013 for newly-built facilities.
When a fire occurs, many Deaf persons are not aware of the sound of the fire-alarm device and emergency announcements in the public facility, and feel uneasiness for staying at the hotel alone, etc. Moreover, a Deaf person notices a small fire by the searchlight of the fire engine.