Lancashire fire deaths: smoke alarm warning

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HIGH-PROFILE house fires have spurred a swift and safety conscious response from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

In Lancashire, the numbers of house fires and injuries from fires are at their lowest recorded levels ever. Despite this, six people have tragically died in their homes over the past month.

As part of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s response, the Service will hold a high profile Smoke Alarm Fire Education Roadshow at every Fire Station in Lancashire on Saturday, January 21st, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The campaign will see all fire stations open to the public who are invited to go along to collect a free 10-year smoke alarm and fire safety guidance, as well as having the chance to book a free Home Fire Safety Check.

While the smoke alarms are being distributed, firefighters and community fire safety will be demonstrating how to install and clean them. Videos will also be placed on social networking sites, such as YouTube and the Service’s new Facebook account.

Many fire-related deaths are caused by people being overcome by smoke and fumes, not just burns. Therefore, a working smoke alarm is essential. It provides vital early warning and extra time to escape if there is a fire. Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm.

When a smoke alarm has been fitted it is vital that it is regularly tested to ensure it works properly at least once a week using the test button. Every six months, the alarms need to be cleaned by opening the case and vacuuming the inside to remove dust from the sensor. If the smoke alarm doesn’t open, vacuum through the holes. 

Peter Holland, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, said: “Every single member of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is devastated about the loss of life in recent weeks, especially when it is so needless. We are urging everybody to get a working smoke alarm and test it every week.

“This Saturday every available member of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will be on the streets making sure everyone gets the message; Get a working smoke alarm and test it.”

“If you cannot attend any of the fire stations on Saturday and you still wish to get a free smoke alarm, call us on 0800 1691125 or visit our website (www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk) to book a free Home Fire Safety Check.”