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With the New Year nearly here, Kent Fire and Rescue Service is asking residents to make a resolution to ensure their smoke alarms are up to date, in the right place, and tested on the first of every month.
In 2013 crews attended over six hundred accidental fires in homes across the county, and with many people using January as an opportunity for a fresh start, helping to keep your family safe should be top of the list. Crews are therefore encouraging residents to make sure they have a smoke alarm fitted on every floor of their home and kept in good working condition.
KFRS Community Safety Manager, Stuart Skilton, said: “A smoke alarm can provide the few extra seconds they need to escape in a fire. While the majority of homes across the country now have an alarm fitted, people may not be aware that the average alarm has a lifespan of just ten years and then needs replacing.
“For those who live in a multi-storey home or larger property a single smoke alarm may not be enough. A common cause for smoke alarms not sounding during a fire is due to the alarm not being close enough. Missing or flat batteries are another major cause.
“For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe and secure. So if your alarm is getting past its best or your top floor is missing an alarm if its own, make your New Year’s resolution to fit new ones, test them on the first of every month and protect your loved ones in 2014”.
To keep your alarms in working order:
Test your smoke alarm by pushing the button on the first of every month
Check the packaging for your smoke alarm to make sure it’s still up to date
Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance, e.g. a heater, or other risk
Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they’re fully protected
For further advice on how to keep you, your family or a neighbour safe from fire call Kent Fire and Rescue Service for free on 0800 923 7000 or go to www.3breaths.info for further information.