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Smoke detector helping the hearing impaired

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

When Deborah and Loren Olsen need to be alerted they rely heavily on their four legged friend.

"The dog has always helped us over the years. The dog would bark if ever there was someone at the door or something strange going on and the captioning on the television is helpful for us too," said Deborah Olsen.

The Olsen's are both hearing impaired.

"At the age of three months I was given the wrong kind of medicine which caused my deafness," said Loren. His wife Deborah was born deaf.

Life can be a challenge at times, but Wednesday was a big day for the couple and they are received a smoke detection system catered specifically to their needs.

"This system not only has an audible device, but it also has a visual device and alerts the occupants," said John Schilling, Cedar Falls Fire Chief.

Thanks to the State Fire Marshall Division, Cedar Falls Fire Fighters, and Konken Electric the Olsen's can now can feel safe from fires in their own home.

The State Fire Marshal's office has a program called 100 years - 100 percent smoke alarm campaign. This program's goal is to ensure that every child in Iowa has a working smoke alarm. Wednesday's installation will be done at no cost to the homeowners.

So far across the state 59 hearing impaired smoke detectors have been installed.

The Cedar Falls Fire Department says thanks to a grant, they plan to put another smoke detection system in a Cedar Falls home this summer.

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