Home Safety Week 2021



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 Be alert to alarms for a safer home

Alarms save lives and in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide (CO) incident they can provide precious time to escape. The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) are highlighting the importance of installing alarms as part of Home Safety Week, which runs from 14th - 20th June.

The week encourages people to assess the needs of their homes and ensure they have adequate alarms for their needs. For those most vulnerable groups Fire and Rescue Services can assist with specific advice for the indivdual and, if required, fit smoke detection and some fire and rescue service may be able to install CO detection too. Alarms save lives and in the event of a fire or a carbon monoxide (CO) incident they can provide precious time to escape. 

In 18% of dwelling fires in the UK smoke alarms fail to activate. The most common reason (50%) was because the fire was outside the alarm's range. So, we ask householders to install alarms to ensure the whole home is covered. Smoke alarms should be installed in the rooms used most, this is where a fire is most likely to start.

  • Fitting a smoke alarm on every floor of a home should be recognised as a minimum standard (in a circulation space such as a hall or landing). 
  • It is recommended that, additionally, smoke alarms are fitted in every room in the house which is regularly inhabited (i.e. bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms) based upon the fire risk to the occupants.
  • NFCC recommend that the smoke alarm has a sealed battery compartment to prevent tampering or removal of the battery.
  • NFCC recommend an optical multi sensor smoke alarm with a ten year life span. 
  • It is additionally recommended that a heat alarm should be fitted in the kitchen.
  • Where possible, these alarms should be inter-linked so that all will actuate within the property irrespective of the fire location. 
  • All smoke alarms (including hard wired) should be replaced after ten years, or by the ‘replace by’ date indicated on the base or earlier if found to be defective.

CO is a highly poisonous gas, which you cannot see, taste or smell. NFCC recommend that any room with a fuel burning appliance such as an open fire, wood burning stove or gas appliance such as a boiler or cooker should also have a working CO alarm fitted.

NFCC would also like consistent legislation for the fitting of detection in the UK. All homes in the UK should be equally protected by adeqaute detection regardless of tenure or location in the UK. 

James Bywater, NFCC Lead for Home Detection commented:

" NFCC want people to think about the risks in their homes and ensure they take action to prevent incidents and ensure they have the right detection in the right places to be alert if an incident happens.

This might mean installing more smoke alarms in your home, particularly in the rooms used most, and carbon monoxide alarms in all rooms with a fuel burning appliance.
Home detection technology has advanced and products with sealed batteries or interlinked systems are available and as part of your home safety plan might give you and your family precious time to escape."

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