Fire Safety in the home |
The Fire at Partletons is a sharp reminder of how devastating a fire can be.
Events such as these do not, mercifully, occur very often and in such a vividly
public arena. So it is quite a shock when it does occur and perhaps is a little re-
minder to us all not to become complacent about our attention to such dangers.
I recently found some very useful information on fire safety in the home supplied
by the government. If you have access to the internet, I have listed below the
addresses to go to where the information can be downloaded.
Excerpt from website www.firekills.gov.uk - Smoke Alarms.
‘Check batteries once a week. Remember - push the button, not your luck!
Starting on 28 August, the Smoke Alarm Maintenance campaign will remind peo-
ple - through TV, radio and press advertising - of the need to check their smoke
alarms regularly. Fitting a smoke alarm is the simplest step you can take to re-
duce the risk of fire.
Around 85% of homes now have a smoke alarm, but there's no point in having
one if it doesn't work. In 2004, fire-fighters in the UK attended over 7,000 acci-
dental house fires where alarms were fitted but failed to work.’