Following our recent blog about ‘The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England)
Regulations 2015’ coming into force for residential property owners and landlords we have detailed below some interesting facts regarding smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
You are four times more likely to die in a house fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm
- Over 85% of people put themselves at risk of injury when testing their smoke alarms
- Smoke alarms should be tested weekly and batteries replaced yearly
- If there is a fire in your home and you don’t have a working smoke alarm installed the chances of survival are virtually zero
- Fire deaths have been halved since smoke alarms were introduced in the late 1970s
- The chance of an elderly person dying from fire doubles when they live alone and do not have a smoke alarm installed
- One in eight house fires that Fire and Rescue Services attend did not have a working smoke alarm
- On average 2 people over 65 die in a house fire every week
- Smoke alarms should ideally be placed in the middle of the ceiling
- A number of Fire and Rescue Services in the UK offer free home fire risk checks and advice. They can also install smoke alarms for you.
Taken from Goodpoint: http://www.goodpointcampaign.com/fire-safety-and-smoke-alarms-the-statistics
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