East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to house fire in Newhaven at 11.38pm last night (Tuesday 10 February).
An extended rescue pump ladder and a water tender from Newhaven Community Fire Station were sent to a house in Gibbon Road after a caller reported a dishwasher on fire.
A smoke alarm had alerted the family, who had been asleep at the time.
Firefighters used two breathing apparatus and one hose-reel to extinguish a fire in the kitchen, saving the property.
How many smoke alarms do you need?
· The more alarms you have, the safer you'll be - as long as they are working - so make sure you test them weekly.
· You should have a minimum of one alarm on each floor. However, if you have only one alarm and two floors, put it somewhere you'll be able to hear it when you're asleep.
· If you have a large electrical appliance, like a computer, in any of the bedrooms, you should fit a smoke alarm there too.
To keep your smoke alarm in good working order, you should:
- Test it once a week, by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds
- Change the battery once a year (unless it's a ten-year alarm)
- Replace the whole unit every ten years