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Make sure you have a smoke alarm

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging everyone to make sure that they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes after Service statistics revealed that more than one in four house fires attended by ECFRS do not have a working smoke alarm.

Shockingly 28% of the house fire attended by crews are in homes which do not have a working smoke alarm.

Between April 2013 and April 2014 the Service attended 806 house fire and 222 of these homes did not have smoke alarm installed.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Smoke alarms are proven life savers. They give vital warning at the first sign of fire giving everyone time to get safely out before calling us in.

“There is no excuse for any home not having a smoke alarm. Essex County Fire and Rescue Service provide home fire safety visits completely free of charge. A technician will come to your home, carry out a full home fire safety inspection and fit smoke alarms where they are needed.”

To arrange a free home fire safety visit, call 0300 303 0088 or email webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk

DO Fenwick said: “The home fire safety visit does not have to be for you. If you are concerned that a relative or neighbour could benefit from a visit, then do not hesitate to get in touch with us.”

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