LFB issues smoke alarm warning.
New figures published by London Fire Brigade show that in two thirds of fatal fires over the past three years smoke alarms have not activated as they have not been adequately installed.
There has been an average of just under 50 fatal fires per annum in London homes over the past three years. The report revealed that in two thirds of these incidents smoke alarms have not alerted people to the fire because they haven’t been installed or were fitted too far away from where the fire started.
In addition, the figures state that over a third of fatal residential fires start in the living room, while 30% originate in the bedroom and in a many cases the smoke doesn’t reach the alarms. LFB is recommending that, as a minimum, there should be at least one smoke alarm on every level of homes but that people should install more alarms in areas of risk especially if they are smokers, have mobility issues or live alone. It also advises that alarms should also be linked to Wi-Fi, so they can give early warning in case of a fire.
LFB director of operations Dave Brown said: ‘Smoke alarm ownership has greatly increased thanks to the hard work of firefighters getting important fire safety messages out and the public acting on it but simply having one smoke alarm is not enough.
‘Often our fire investigators find that a person died because the smoke never reached the alarm in the hallway and didn’t give the resident early enough warning. There can be no excuse not to install smoke alarms in key areas of your home apart from the kitchen so that you help protect you and loved ones from fire and have a greater chance of survival.’
Author Fire Risk Management