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Make sure you have smoke alarms in your home

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to get smoke alarms after shocking statistics revealed that there was no smoke alarm at more than a third of the house fires it was called to last year.

Throughout 2015 the Service dealt with 731 fires in homes and 39% of these were to homes which did not have a smoke alarm.

Between January 1 and December 31 2015 Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were called to 731 fires in people’s homes; of these 447 had smoke detectors but 284 were to homes without working smoke alarms.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “We cannot emphasis enough how important smoke alarms are. They give early warning that a fire has broken out giving you and your family time to get safely out and call the fire service in.

“We are working to make sure that 100% of homes in Essex have working smoke alarms and will come to and fit smoke alarms completely free of charge as part of our home safety visit scheme so there is no excuse for you not to have the excellent protection these devices offer.

“All it takes is one phone call, or five minutes to fill in a simple online form, and officers will visit your home and give you all the help and advice you need as well as fitting smoke alarms to protect you and your family.”

To arrange a free home safety visit for yourself or an elderly or vulnerable family member or neighbour call Essex County Fire and Rescue Service on 0300 303 0088 or fill in the online form found on our website here.

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