Brigade in call for more smoke alarms to be fitted

A senior fire officer is urging more householders to have smoke alarms fitted in a bid to help protect them from the risk of fire and save lives.

The call, from Dave Turton, Hartlepool District Manager with Cleveland Fire Brigade, comes after figures for last year (2011/12) show that only half of Hartlepool homes had working smoking alarms when the Brigade attend accidental house fires.

As part of the Brigade’s ongoing efforts to reduce house fires, firefighters provide a free Home Fire Safety Visit and will provide and fit smoke alarms if needed.

Dave Turton said: “We have fitted thousands of smoke alarms as part of our free Home Fire Safety Visit scheme, but clearly there are still properties without smoke alarms which is a concern.

“A working smoke alarm can buy occupants within the home vital time to escape in the event of a fire and can make the difference between life and death.

“The number of accidental house fires inHartlepoollast year was very low (19), but of these nine homes did not have a working smoke alarm. It is not only important to have smoke alarms fitted but you need to test them regularly as only working smoke alarms save lives.”

Just call us on 01429 874063 to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit. Our visit will last about 15 minutes and you can book an appointment at your convenience.

To help you remember to test your smoke alarms sign up to our Twitter or Facebook pages as you will receive a weekly reminder #testittuesday. For further safety information visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk

Dave Turton added: “When we visit residents in their home, not only do we fit smoke alarms but we carry out an assessment and provide specific fire safety advice. The advice will include measures to prevent a fire in the first place and planning an escape route should a fire occur.