Thursday, 8 May 2014

Location, location, location: Is your smoke alarm placed for protection?



East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is encouraging people to take a second look at their fire protection and make sure it’s up to scratch.

With the majority of the country owning a smoke alarm, it’s clear that most people know a working smoke alarm can save lives, providing those vital few seconds needed to escape a house fire. 

But if your smoke alarm isn’t in the right place, it might not alert you in time. It’s one of the biggest reasons why smoke alarms don’t sound in a fire across the country.

That’s why East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are asking people to think about where their smoke alarm is placed to ensure they have the time to get out, stay out and call 999 in the event of a fire.

Community Safety Team Manager, Steve Wright, said: “The vast majority of us now have at least one smoke alarm in our homes, but early detection and warning is vital to reduce the devastation a house fire can cause. That’s why it’s so important that your smoke alarms are in the right place to have the best chance of alerting you and your loved ones to a fire.”

Steve Wright continued; “You should make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, preferably in hallways and landings. Placing smoke detectors in rooms where there are electrical appliances could give you the extra warning you need.

“It’s also important to remember that smoke alarms don’t last forever. The power might work, but the mechanism deteriorates with time. So whether they are battery operated or wired to the mains, to work at their best they should be replaced every ten years. And finally, don’t forget to test your smoke alarms regularly!”

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service offers these five smoke alarm top tips:

  • Install a 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 alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances.
  • 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.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are 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.

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