Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to test their smoke alarms after research showed that only a quarter of all households who own one test them regularly.
Nationally, there were 199 fire-related deaths in the home in the year ending March 2020. The Fire Kills campaign hopes that, by encouraging everyone to test their smoke alarms more deaths, could be prevented.
Ian Hopkins, Prevention Delivery Manager, said: “You’re around eight times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have any working smoke alarms. However, research by Fire Kills has found that only 26 per cent of the people who own an alarm say they take the time to test it at least monthly.”
He added: “I’d encourage everyone in Dorset and Wiltshire to make sure you test your smoke alarms today and get into the habit of testing them regularly as they can save you and your family – in the event of a fire, working smoke alarms will give you the valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.”
To help keep you and your loved ones safe, take 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 regularly, 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 practice 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 the smoke alarms of any friends or relatives who are unable to do it for themselves.
To request a free Safe & Well visit from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, call 0800 038 2323 or visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safetyfor more information and advice.