Essex Fire and Rescue Service (EF&RS) has issued safety advice for residents and families, following recent national news regarding smoke detector research and the risk of children not waking up when in a deep sleep.
EF&RS will be keeping a close eye on this important research, which has emphasised how the number of lives lost as a result of fires has fallen by half since home use of smoke alarms became widespread and they remain a valuable part of protecting against the dangers of fire.
It is important that you have a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home. Preparing and practicing an escape plan is also critical. In light of the research, this must also account for waking children living in your home.
Just a few minutes spent planning your escape route now and sharing it with family could be the most valuable time you ever spend.
Follow these simple steps to ensure you can be warned at the first sign of a fire and that you have a clear escape plan to make sure you and your family are safely out of the house:
- Fit a smoke alarm on each level of your home and test them regularly
- Prepare an escape route, make sure everyone knows it and practice your escape
- Keep your escape route clear so there are no obstacles to slow you down – close doors at night
- Make sure everyone in the house - including friends and family who may stay over - knows where all keys to doors and windows are kept
EF&RS are committed to ensuring all homes in Essex have a working smoke alarm and carry out home safety visits FREE of charge. For further information, call 0300 303 0088 or visit the website.
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