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Press Release - Smoke alarm advice following fires in Glastonbury area
Posted on 15/12/2017

Smoke alarms alerted the occupants of several homes in the Glastonbury area to fires this month.

Severe damage was caused to the first floor of a property in Whiting Road, Glastonbury, during a fire on Saturday 2 December, at 11.22am.

A woman and a dog were rescued by fire crews after a fire involving items placed on a cooker in Helyar Close, Glastonbury, at 5.52am on Saturday 9 December.

A shower unit was destroyed by fire and the bathroom damaged by smoke following a fire in Catcott Broad Grove, Burtle, at 1.51pm on Sunday 10 December.

Watch Manager Adam Whitcombe, of Glastonbury Fire Station, said: “Fortunately, working smoke alarms alerted the occupants at all these properties to the danger in time for them to call for help.

“An undetected fire can spread quickly through a building so working smoke detectors give a vital early warning of a fire, saving valuable seconds in which to evacuate a property.”

The Service’s advice on smoke alarms is as follows:

• 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 can provide safety advice in a number of ways, including through a visit to someone’s home if required. If anyone is concerned about their safety at home or a family member, friend or neighbour, call the fire service on 0800 05 02 999.

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