Over the past 24 hours, East Sussex Fire and Rescue were called to eight false alarms in Brighton, Bexhill and Eastbourne. Five were due to fumes from cooking and two were due to poorly maintained alarms.
We are urging residents to help us in reducing false alarms. False alarms divert our crews from other incidents and can potentially put lives at risk by diverting essential services from real fires and rescues.
What can YOU do?
Only cook in the areas that have the correct detection facilities. Use the right extractor fans and close doors between cooking areas. Think about the location of toasters, they are frequent offenders.
Additionally there are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen. Make sure you don't get distracted when you are cooking, and:
· Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you're called away from the cooker, eg by a phone call
· Take care if you're wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily
· Don't cook if you have been drinking alcohol or taken prescription drugs - you may get drowsy or lose concentration
Installing & maintaining your smoke alarms
· One alarm per floor is a minimum standard
· Based on the fire risk of the occupant, alarms should be fitted in rooms which are regularly inhabited
· A heat alarm in the kitchen is recommended
· Where possible alarms should be interlinked
· Alarms should be replaced after ten years or by replace by date
· Change the battery once a year (unless it's a ten-year alarm)
· The best place for your smoke alarms is on the ceiling, near or at the middle of the room or hall
· If you have only one alarm and but more than one floor, put it somewhere you'll be can hear it when you're asleep
· If you have a large electrical appliance like a computer in any of your rooms you should fit smoke alarms there as well.
· Alarms should be at least 30cm (one foot) away from walls and lights.
· Test your alarms once a week, by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds and use your vacuum cleaner to suck out any dust.
· If it is difficult for you to fit your smoke alarm yourself, ask a family member or friend to help you or contact us to arrange a FREE Home Safety Visit.
Remember, regularly testing and maintaining your smoke alarms will improve their life expectancy and effectiveness.
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