Smoke Alarm Program

The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WVCDHH) have received a grant from the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to provide free smoke alarms to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The SILC and WVCDHH will be working with the WV Association for the Deaf (WVAD) and the State Fire Marshal’s office to set up the program and get the word out.

Individuals in need of this equipment will apply through the WVCDHH. Once an application is submitted, someone will go to the individual’s home, conduct an assessment and determine what type(s) of alarm(s) are needed. Three types of alarms will be available:

  1. A standard smoke alarm that sends an extra-loud warning when fire danger is sensed.
  2. An alarm clock with a monitor that is programmed to “hear” the standard smoke alarm. When the standard alarm sounds, the alarm clock initiates three different signals designed to awaken and alert a sleeping person who is deaf or hard of hearing: a special square-wave alarm sounds, designed to be more likely heard by a person with hearing loss; an attached bed-shaker vibrates to provide a tactile signal; the clock display flashes the word FIRE.
  3. An alarm that produces an extra-loud warning and has a strobe light, providing visual notification of danger from multiple locations in the home.

Individual needs and the arrangement of the home will be considered in determining the type and number of alarms a person will receive.

For more information and/or to submit an application, contact the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 304-558-1675, 877-461-3578 or by video phone 304-553-7384.

For further resources related to smoke alarms, including for people who are not hearing impaired, contact your local Center for Independent Living.

Appalachian Center for Independent Living

Elk Office Center
4710 Chimney Dr. Suite C
Charleston, WV 25302-4804

Voice: 304-965-0376
Fax: 304-965-0377
TDD: 800-642-3003

Counties served: Kanawha, Clay, Putnam, Boone Roane, Calhoun and Jackson
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living

821 Fourth Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

Voice/TTY: 304-525-3324
Fax: 304-525-3360
TDD: 304-525-3324
Toll free: 1-866-MTSTCIL (1-866-687-8245)

Counties served: Cabell and Wayne
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Monday - Friday

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living

Beckley office:
329 Prince Street
Beckley, WV 25801

Voice: 304-255-0122
TDD: 304-255-0122

Counties served: Raleigh
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Monday - Friday

Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living

601-603 East Brockway, Suite A & B
Morgantown, WV 26501

Voice: 304-296-6091
Tollfree: 800-834-6408
Fax: 304-292-5217
TDD: 304-296-6091

Counties served: Monongalia, Marion, Preston, Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Barbour, Braxton, Randolph and Tucker
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Consumer Satisfaction Survey results analyzed

The WV Statewide Independent Living Council conducted a survey of consumer satisfaction with Independent Living services in West Virginia. The Council continued to use the instrument they developed several years ago. In the survey, consumers were asked to rate their level of agreement with statements about the independent living services they received. Consumers were also asked about specific services and their rights as a consumer. A final section included open-ended items designed to determine the consumers’ opinion about program changes or improvements that could be made.

A report of the survey findings from 2007 to 2010 is now available here.

2015 Disability Caucus

2015 caucus logo

Planning is underway! The Youth Disability Caucus will be June 22-24, 2015 and the Disability Caucus for all ages will be June 24-26, 2015. Both will be at the Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV. Watch for more details!

For more information about the SILC, please contact:

P.O. Box 625
Institute, WV 25112-0625
Telephone: 304-766-4624 (voice or TDD)
304-766-4721 (fax)
1-800-642-8207 (toll-free)


Updated 01/15/15