MID and West Wales FRS are supporting the National Fire Chiefs Councils (NFCC) Home Safety Week which runs from 30th September to 6th October.

The campaign is encouraging households to check smoke alarms are right for their homes needs and will provide them with an early warning in the event of a fire. Most homes have smoke alarms installed (95 per cent) but in nearly 20% of accidental house fires in the UK alarm failed to activate. The most common reasons were the smoke failed to reach the detector and because batteries were either missing or defective.

MAWWFRS are encouraging people to:

·        Replace their Smoke Alarms every 10 years – even if they appear to work when tested

·        Fit additional Alarms in the rooms that are used most

·        Clean your smoke alarms regularly

·        Purchase sealed unit alarms so the batteries cannot be tampered with

Station Manager Will Bowen, Home Safety Manager said:

“We want people to think beyond installing a smoke alarm on the landing and in the hallway and think about the risks in their own home to ensure they have the right detection in the right places. Home detection technology has advanced and products with sealed batteries or interlinked systems are available and as part of your home safety plan may give you precious minutes to escape if a fire starts.”

For the latest up to date advice and information about smoke alarms and home safety please see our website for more details www.mawwfire.gov.uk

Pic: Ryan Milsom

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