The importance of having working smoke alarms has been highlighted after a fire at a residential property in Lewes on Sunday (11th July).
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called at around 4am to an address on Market Street, Lewes. A fire had started in an electric bathroom extractor fan. Firefighters from Brighton and Lewes used two Breathing Apparatus to enter the property and the fire was quickly extinguished. Crews are now advising householders in the local area to check they have working smoke alarms on every level of their homes.
Dave Washington, Lewes Station Manager said: “Because the property had smoke alarms fitted, the residents were alerted and were able to evacuate the property promptly and call the Fire Service. This incident has proved once again how valuable working smoke alarms are, without them, this fire would no doubt have been far more serious. I would urge all members of the public to install smoke detectors and ensure that they check them on a regular basis in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.”
Home Safety Visits
Did you know that we offer FREE Home Safety Visits where we offer advice on how to reduce the risk of having a fire and also can install smoke alarms if required? Contact us if you or someone you know would like to find out more: 0800 177 7069 or visit: www.esfrs.org/your-safety/home-safety-visits/
Smoke alarm advice
Did you know...
You are at least 4 times as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven't got a working smoke alarm.
A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape.
Smoke alarms are cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.
The more alarms you have, the safer you'll be - as long as they are working - so make sure you test them weekly.
You should have a minimum of one alarm on each floor. However, if you have only one alarm and two floors, put it somewhere you'll be able to hear it when you're asleep.