Do you have enough smoke alarms?

Do you have enough smoke alarms?

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 18th January 2020.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service want us to make sure we've got enough smoke alarms in our homes.

They say that smoke alarms only alert home owners to fire in 43% of cases, despite 90% of homes in England having at least one working smoke alarm.

The most common reason for alarms failing to work is because the fire is out of its range.

D&WFR's 'Fire Kills' campaign calls for people to install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your house.

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Vikki Thomas, Safe & Well Manager at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: 

"We must all make sure that we have enough smoke alarms to cover our whole homes.

"If you don't have enough, or they're not in the right place, you might not be alerted in time.

"Early detection and warning is vital to reduce the devastation a fire in the home can cause."

D&WFR are offering five tips to make your home safer:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home
  • Position your smoke alarms in a good place, ideally on the ceiling in the middle of a room, hallway or landing
  • Consider putting extra alarms in rooms with more risk of fire, such as ones with lots of electrical appliances
  • Don't put alarms in places where smoke or steam can accidentally set them off
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years

The Fire Kills campaign also encourages carers and assistants to help test and fit smoke alarms in the homes of less able people.

If you hear your neighbour's smoke alarm call Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue as soon as possible.

For more information on the Fire Kills campaign visit their website.