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Press Release - How many smoke alarms do you have?
Posted on 31/08/2017

Fire statistics reveal that one smoke alarm may not be enough to provide you with the best chance of escaping a fire in the home.

Most people know that working smoke alarms save lives.  They provide the vital early warning that allows for a safe escape and a tragedy avoided. 

But, despite the majority of homes (89%) having at least one working smoke alarm, smoke alarms only alerted householders to just under half of fires in the home in England.  The most common reason a smoke alarm failed to activate was because the fire was outside its range. 

For this reason, the Fire Kills campaign and Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are encouraging people to think about the smoke alarms in their home. 

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service offers these five smoke alarm top tips:

• Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
• The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing.
• Consider fitting additional alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances and near sleeping areas
• Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.
• Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.

The Service is also urging carers and people who keep a close eye on less able relatives to check that these homes have enough smoke alarms in the right places too. 
 
For more information, visit www.dsfire.gov.uk


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