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14 November 2016

Fire Kills campaign urges everyone to test their smoke alarms every month

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills campaign, is urging people to test their smoke alarms after national research showed that only 28% of all households who own one test them on a regular basis.

 

Mark Ducie, Community Safety Manager of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said:

 

“You’re at least seven times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have any working smoke alarms.  However, in the UK only 28% of the people who own an alarm say they take the time to test it at least monthly.”

 

Nationally there were 229 fire-related deaths in the home last year. The Fire Kills campaign hopes that by encouraging everyone to test their smoke alarms more deaths could be prevented.

 

Mark Ducie added:

 

“I’d encourage people in Cumbria to make sure you test your smoke alarms today and get into the habit of testing them each month as they can save you and your family’s life.  In the event of a fire, working smoke alarms will give you the valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.”

 

The campaign is running for one month across outdoor, print, digital, social media and radio platforms to raise awareness during the winter months when there is an increase in fire-related incidents and deaths.

 

To help keep you and your loved ones safe Mark Ducie offers these simple steps:

  • Test your smoke alarms now or when you get home

  • Make sure you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly, even if they’re wired into the mains.

  • Whatever happens, never remove the batteries in your smoke alarms unless you are replacing them.  Some require new batteries every year.

  • Plan and practise an escape route and make sure that everyone in your home knows it.

  • In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.

  • Test others smoke alarms who are unable to test their own

If you are concerned about your smoke alarms or would like a home safety visit then please contact Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 3584777 or visit our website:

 

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/cumbriafire/services/safetyathome/default.asp
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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills campaign, is urging people to test their smoke alarms after national research showed that only 28% of all households who own one test them on a regular basis.