Friday, 8 June 2012

Are Your Smoke Alarms In All The Right Places?

With statistics showing that the biggest reason why smoke alarms don't sound in a fire is because the smoke did not reach the alarm, D A Woolgar are encouraging people who have fitted their own alarms to think again about the number of alarms they have and where they are positioned.

Most homes own a smoke alarm, so it's clear that we all know that a working smoke alarm can provide those vital few seconds to enable you to escape a fire in the home. 

But still (in Great Britain) last year, more than 3,000 fires in the home didn't activate the smoke alarm because the fire was outside its range.

We are asking people to think about where their smoke alarm is placed and whether they need another in their home to ensure they have the time to get out, stay out and call 999

dont just think about your own home.. what about less able relatives to check that their homes have enough smoke alarms in the right places too.

simple top tips
  1. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  2. The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing.
  3. Consider fitting alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances.
  4. Don't put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident. - you can get a heat alarm for kitchens etc
  5. Replace your smoke alarms every ten years. - if they dont have a date on them they are probably already over 10 years old.
  6. Don't forget to test your smoke alarms regularly.
stay safe

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