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Smoke Alarm can cost Your Life

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Marlena Weber in cooperation with Matt Currie, Watch Manager and John Oliver,Crew Manager, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, photo by rclassenlayouts (123RF)
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11 June 2022
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You can never underestimate the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home - as it could be a matter of life or death. Always ensure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and a heat detector in the kitchen.

You can arrange for us to visit you for a 'Safe and Well' check through our website:
https://www.twfire.gov.uk/safety-advice/home/
or call our Freephone number 0800 032 7777.

Why is this important? Because even if you've got a smoke alarm at home, there can be a few reasons why you can still put your life at risk by not working smoke alarm: missing battery, fire products did not reach the detector(s), fire in the area not covered by system, faulty system/incorrectly installed.

In 2019/20, FIRE Crew attended to 558,018 fires at residential buildings in England.
In 2020/21, FIRE Crew attended to 518,278 fires at residential buildings in England.
Half a Million Fire accidents at homes per Year !!!

There were 468 accidental dwelling fires in Tyne and Wear in 2021. More than one per day!

In the case of fire, get out, stay out and dial 999. Never tackle fires yourself!   

  • Always ensure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and a heat detector in the kitchen. It's important to test the alarms once a month to ensure they're working properly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34j8u5MdfPI
  • Draw up a 'fire escape plan' if you need to exit your home at a moment's notice.
  • Close doors before you go to bed, which can reduce the rapid spread of fire, smoke, and heat.
  • Never go back into the property to rescue pets, or keepsakes.

To book 'Safe and Well' visits call on free number  0800 032 7777.

Smoke Alarm Installation Roles:

  • The council and other social housing groups would generally supply and fit smoke and heat alarms in their properties. 
  • Fire Crew can fit smoke alarms in private housing when required.
  • Private landlords must fit and maintain smoke alarms in their renting properties. So if you are a private landlord, your legal responsibility is to make sure is if in the renting home is already installed the working Smoke Alarm,
  • But if you rent your home, talk with your landlord.

After a 'Safe and Well' visit first, we, as Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, offer free advice then we can follow up on anything else.

Marlena Weber in cooperation with Matt Currie, Watch Manager and John Oliver,Crew Manager, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

John Oliver, Crew Manager, White Watch, Newcastle Central Fire Station
Matt Currie, Watch Manager, Green Watch, West Denton Fire Station

Photo by rclassenlayouts (123RF)


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