Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Smoke alarm alerts family to kitchen fire



Fire safety officers are reminding residents and homeowners of the importance of smoke alarms after 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.

One male casualty was given oxygen at the scene for the effects of smoke and left in the care of the ambulance service.

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
More information about smoke alarms can be found on the community safety pages of our website at http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/smokeAlarms.shtml

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