This page details some of the vibrating pillow alarm solutions we have in our accommodation on campus. These devices are designed to alert D/deaf people when the fire alarm is sounding and have a vibration pad which is placed under the pillow to wake people up to the sound of the alarm.
Hard-wired Vibrating Pillow Alarms
Some of our accommodation rooms have vibrating pillow alarm sockets fitted. These receive a signal directly from the fire alarm system and start vibrating whenever the system is in alarm. If you have been provided with a vibrating pillow alarm that plugs into a wall socket, is important that this is not unplugged.
Portable Vibrating Pillow Alarms
To provide greater flexibility with where we can allocate our students, we also issue portable vibrating pillow alarm devices. At the University of Warwick, we use DeafgardLink opens in a new window devices. Deafgard continuously listens for the sound of a fire alarm. Deafgard’s vibration pad is placed underneath a pillow or mattress. If the fire alarm sounds, the pad vibrates. Powerful lights on the Deafgard flash and the screen displays “FIRE”. Deafgard also features an integrated alarm clock.
Image: Deafgard unit.
Instructions for users of the Deafgard device can be found in the Deafgard Operating Guide - UsersLink opens in a new window .
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans
The University of Warwick actively encourages all staff and students with a disability to make themselves known and are encouraged to complete an independent assessment, which will determine the level of assistance which may be required for the safe evacuation of a building in an emergency.
If you feel that you need a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) the Independent Assessment ToolLink opens in a new window will help the University identify the appropriate emergency response requirements and the assistance you may require.
Faults and Assistance
Any faults should be reported to the Estates Service Desk or to the Community Safety Team out of hours. Faults should be reported as soon as they are noticed to ensure devices function correctly in the event of an emergency.
If you are a student who hasn't been issued with a vibrating pillow alarm and you think you need one, or you are a student with a vibrating pillow alarm device and need support, please contact Wellbeing Support ServicesLink opens in a new window.
For general queries about vibrating pillow alarms, please contact the Accessibility Team accessibility at warwick dot ac dot uk.
You may also find the page on portable hearing loopsLink opens in a new window useful.