National Home Safety Week - March 24 to 30
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging everyone to make sure their home has the protection of a working smoke alarm during national Home Safety Week, March 24-30.
Smoke alarms offer the best way to keep you and your family safe from the risk of fire. There is no need for anyone to live in a home without smoke alarms: ECFRS will fit smoke alarms for free, meaning all you have to do to stay fire safe is test those smoke alarms once a week.
Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Smoke alarms are proven life savers, but only if they are working. Testing them only takes a few seconds but the peace of mind they provide is invaluable and will last all week.
“There is no excuse for not having a smoke alarm in your home and we would urge anyone who doesn’t have a working smoke alarm to contact us and arrange a free home fire safety visit.”
Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:
- Make sure you fit one on every level of your home and test them regularly.
- Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine. Check the alarm by pressing the button regularly; change your battery once a year or invest in a 10-year alarm; and clean the alarm casing twice a year to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor.
- Whatever happens, never remove the battery from your smoke alarm.
- Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire and practice your escape route.
To arrange for a free home fire safety visit contact Essex County Fire and Rescue Service on 0300 303 0088 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org