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Smoke alarms reminder after woman rescued from fire in Uckfield

Date : 09 June 2017


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public to plan escape routes and have working smoke alarms following a fire in Uckfield.

One woman was rescued after crews were called out at 06.34 on 9 June 2017 to an address on Vernon Road. A smoke alarm had alerted her to the fire.

Two fire engines from Uckfield and one from Crowborough were sent to the scene.

Firefighters used four breathing apparatus and two high pressure hose reels.

The woman was given vital fire survival advice by the Sussex Control Centre, helping keep her safe while the crews were on their way.

The gas and electricity supplies were isolated by crews.

The fire is believed to have been accidental.

Safety advice

Please fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.

There are a variety of different models to choose from. Ten-year sealed battery smoke alarms are the best option. They are slightly more expensive, but you save on the cost of replacing batteries.

Strobe light and vibrating pad alarms are available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

If you know someone who might need additional assistance, please contact us and ask about our Home Safety Visits: call us on 0800 177 7069 or go to http://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/home-safety-visits/

Here are some tips to help plan your escape from fire:             

•    the best escape route is often the normal way in and out of your home
•    think of any difficulties you may have getting out, eg at night you may need to have a torch to light your way
•    choose a second escape route, in case the first one is blocked
•    keep all exits clear of obstructions, like bicycles
•    if there are children, older or disabled people or pets, plan how you will get them out

For more information: http://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/fire-safety-at-home/planning-a-safe-escape/

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