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Smoke Alarms: Make sure your home is covered

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to make sure that they have smoke alarms fitted in the right places in their home after statistics revealed that more than a quarter of smoke alarms did not work when a fire broke out.

Between April 2012 and March 2013 Essex firefighters attended 151 house fires where the smoke alarm did not work because the fire broke out in an area not covered by detectors.

Even more shockingly 28% of homes which had a fire did not have any smoke alarms at all.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “It is vital not only to install smoke alarms but also to make sure that all areas of your home are properly covered by them.

“Smoke alarms will give you vital early warning at the first sign of fire giving you and your family time to safely get out and call in the Fire Service but they will only give you that warning if you have the correct number of alarms installed in the right places in your home.

“We recommend at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and once those alarms have been fitted it is important to regularly test them to make sure that they are fully functioning.”

Between April 2012 and March 2013 Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended 867 accidental house fires, 585 of these had a working smoke alarm, 230 didn’t have a smoke alarm and for the remaining 52 it is not known whether a smoke alarm was present or not.

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