Importance of smoke detectors highlighted
25 March 2014
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is backing the first UK Home Safety week, which aims to reduce the risk from fires in the home.
The event has been organised by the Chief Fire Officers Association and focuses on the simple advice that every home should have a smoke detector on every level.
A single storey home should have at least one alarm and houses with two or more floors should have additional alarms on the landing at every additional level.
Detectors need to be placed where they can be easily heard, even through closed doors, because safety advice also includes keeping doors closed at night to prevent the rapid spread of flames and smoke, should a fire develop.
In addition, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service recommends householders get into the habit of following the ‘Test It Tuesday’ advice, to check their detectors on the same day each week to ensure they are working. Detectors have a test button and the alarm will sound briefly if working correctly when it is depressed. It is recommended that when new smoke detectors are purchased, buyers should choose optical rather than ionisation devices because they are better at detecting a broader range of fires.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Head of Community Safety Daryl Oprey said: “We cannot stress too strongly how important it is for everyone to make sure they have smoke detectors in their homes and to make sure they are in working order.
“The early warning an alarm gives can be enough to save lives, prevent serious injury and minimise damage to property should fire break out.
“We recommend that at least one alarm on each storey of a domestic property. We are able to offer help and advice through our four Community Protection Units to anyone who is unsure about making their home safe from fire.
“Carrying out regular checks is also important and we always ask that people with elderly relatives, or neighbours who may be elderly or vulnerable, to make sure their homes have detectors and that they are tested regularly,” he said.
The advice is particularly important to private landlords as, nationally, it is estimated fewer privately rented homes have smoke detectors than the overall average of 88 per cent. More fire safety information is available on the service’s website at www.humbersidefire.gov.uk and residents are also encouraged to follow the service on twitter, @humbersidefire, for the latest information and safety tips.