Free Smoke Alarms and Alert Equipment for Lafayette residents who have a hearing loss or deafness.
The LFD Fire Prevention Division has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to install smoke alarms and alert equipment in the homes of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.*
- Installation of smoke alarms and alert equipment in the home
- Equipment will include a bed shaker and very loud, low-frequency bedside alert signal; and, in some homes, a strobe light to alert individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the event of a fire
- Help with planning a home fire drill
- Assistance with a home safety survey to prevent fires, burns, falls, and other common home injuries
Watch the program's Public Service Announcement to see how it works!
What is this program for?
This program, "Fire Safety Solutions for Lafayette," is designed to distribute and install free smoke alarms, as well as provide fire safety messages, to Lafayette Parish Residents with a hearing loss or deafness. The Lafayette Fire Department has received a grant funded by FEMA's Fire Prevention and Safety Grant to install suitable early warning devices in homes for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
*Who Is Eligible?
Lafayette Parish Residents of all ages with a documented disability of:
*To qualify, applicants must have a professional attest to their disability as part of their completed application.
How Do You Apply?
Submit your application online.
(Note: please download/save the pdf form, open it in Adobe Reader, fill out the form and submit it using the Email Form button at the bottom.)
Complete the application found at your local fire department and send to Lafayette Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division by mail, fax, or email. Program available while supplies last.
What must I do to participate in this program?
- Complete an application form—print application or online version. (Note: please download/save the pdf form, open it in Adobe Reader, fill out the form and submit it using the Email Form button at the bottom.)
- Provide proof of your hearing loss or deafness (proof of hearing loss may include a letter from a doctor, therapist, case manager or other medical provider, or a copy of your driver’s license stating your disability).
- Return the application to Lafayette Fire Prevention Division
What happens after I apply?
After you complete the application and provide proof of hearing loss, the Lafayette Fire Department will determine your eligibility. This information will be passed along to your local fire station, and they will contact you to set an appointment for installation. Approximately three months after the installation, you will be contacted by a surveyor from the Lafayette Fire Department, who will request that you answer brief follow-up questions.
How long will this program last?
Supplies are limited. We began installing smoke alarms in January 2020 and will continue with this project as long as supplies and funding are available.
How can I get more information about this program?
Lafayette Fire Department Fire Prevention Division
2100 Jefferson St., Bldg. B Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone (337) 291-8704
Fax (337) 291-5531