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How many smoke alarms are in your home?

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Firefighters are urging Cumbria's households to fit smoke alarms on every floor.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service say that one alarm might not be enough to provide the occupants with the best chance of escaping a house fire.

Figures show that despite the majority of homes (88%) having at least one working smoke alarm, they alerted householders to just one in every three fires in the home in England. The most common reason an alarm failed to activate was because the fire was outside its range.

“The vast majority of us now have at least one working smoke alarm in our home, but early detection and warning is vital to reduce the devastation a fire can cause. That’s why it’s so important that you have enough smoke alarms and that they are in the right places. That will give them the best chance of alerting you and your loved ones to a fire.

"You should make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, preferably in hallways and landings. And placing smoke detectors near to sleeping areas and in rooms where there are electrical appliances could give you the extra warning you need."

– Mark Ducie, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has compiled the following five smoke alarm tips:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing.
  • Consider fitting additional alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances and near sleeping areas.
  • Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.
  • Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.