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Press Release - Smoke alarms alert neighbours to Brixham fire
Posted on 23/02/2018

A woman was led to safety by neighbours after her smoke alarms alerted them to a fire at her Brixham house last night. (Thursday 22 February)

The neighbours heard the alarms at 10.20pm and they called the fire service before leading the occupant to safety.

Watch Manager Richard Morris said: “The smoke alarms operating notified the neighbours, who made the call to us and managed to pull her to fresh air. Without question the smoke alarms saved her life.”

Two fire crews from Brixham and one from Paignton attended and extinguished the fire which involved cooking left unattended on the cooker. The woman was given oxygen therapy by firefighters and checked by paramedics but was otherwise unharmed.

Watch Manager Morris added: “We’d like to remind people to take care when cooking and never leave cooking food unattended. Also ensure you have working smoke alarms and check them regularly.”

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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