Oklahoma ABLE Tech, along with its grant partners, OkAT Foundation and Fire Protection Publications, has been awarded 13 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Safety Solutions grants over the last 18 years, with the goals and outcomes of providing lifesaving equipment to individuals with hearing, vision, or mobility impairments. Each year it is determined if additional funding has been granted. Unfortunately, the grant was not funded this year. Therefore, ABLE Tech will be eliminating this program.
All remaining smoke alarms, specialized alert devices and supporting educational materials will be disseminated to local fire departments or other service programs that provide smoke alarm and safety equipment installation. A small amount of equipment to manage troubleshoots or other faulty equipment replacement will be stored at the ABLE Tech Reutilization office in Oklahoma City.
If you have equipment that needs to be replaced, please contact ABLE Tech at 800-257-1705 to determine if there is equipment that can be shipped to replace the faulty item.
Over the years of troubleshooting equipment, we recommend the following:
- If your smoke alarm is chirping, it likely needs the battery replaced. Please call your local fire department to see if they can provide assistance, if needed, in changing the battery (Replacement batteries will not be provided by ABLE Tech.).
- If your Lifetone alert device is experiencing connection issues, please contact Lifetone directly at 800-648-7923. A friendly representative will answer the phone and assist you.
- It is important to replace smoke alarms every 10 years to keep the most current technologies and safety features.
- Test smoke alarms and specialized alert equipment monthly to make sure all devices work appropriately and contact your local fire department if you discover there is equipment malfunctioning during your test. It is safer to discover issues during a test than during a fire!
As ABLE Tech and its partners bring this program to a close, we can proudly say we have accomplished a great service to the disabled community.
- Served over 2,800 Oklahomans with disabilities statewide
- Provided over 11,500 smoke alarms and over 2,900 specialized alert devices
- Provided $718,500 in AT at no cost to the consumer
- Developed an online curriculum to provide state-of-the-art training for smoke alarm installations for people with disabilities that has reached thousands of professionals nationwide