Smoke Alarms – Check Them In The Heat Wave

Homeowners are required to check their smoke alarms as fire risks increase during a heat wave.

Fire safety leaders at Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to install smoke alarms at every level of their home and have them tested regularly.

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Fire statistics reveal that one smoke alarm may not be enough to provide the best chance of escaping a home fire, while research shows that only 26 percent of all households with an alarm test it on a regular basis.

But, although the majority of homes nationally (more than 90 per cent) have at least one smoke alarm, smoke alarms alert homeowners to less than half of all home fires in England.

Smoke alarms failed to activate most often because the fires were out of their range.

During the past 10 years (April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2022), Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service attended approximately 1,494 incidents where a smoke alarm was not installed and 4,314 where it was installed.

In places where it was installed, the 488 was not close enough to the fire to be effective, 70 had a missing alarm battery, in 32 the detector was removed and in 32 the battery was defective.

In 187 incidents, the fire was in an area not covered by a smoke alarm system and in more than 200 fire incidents, the smoke detector was located as unsuitable.

The government announced last year that housing providers will be legally required to install smoke alarms in all social housing, while carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in social and private rental properties with fixed devices such as gas boilers or fires.

For these reasons, the Fire Kills Campaign and the Fire Service encourage people to catch smoke alarms in their homes.

Commander James Goff, of Hereford and Worcester Fire Prevention and Rescue, said: “We must all make sure we have enough smoke alarms to cover all of our homes. If you don’t have enough, or it’s not in the right place, you may not be alerted in the right time.

“The vast majority of us now have at least one smoke alarm in our homes, but early detection and warning is vital to limiting the damage a home fire can cause.

“This is especially important in light of the high temperatures we’ve been seeing lately.”

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