Delyn MP David Hanson is urging people in Flintshire to maintain their fire alarms. A new survey shows that although around 80 per cent of people have smoke alarms, four in five of those asked do not follow advice and test their alarm every week.
Fit a smoke alarm on each level of the property. When a fire starts, you only have a few minutes to escape so an early warning is vital. Make sure you replace battery operated smoke alarm units after 10 years. Alternatively consider installing a 10-year battery smoke alarm or mains powered alarm.
A smoke alarm must be tested it weekly as a working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and dial 999. It is recommended that you plan an escape route. Make sure you and your family know the quickest way out in the event of fire. Consider an alternative route in case your usual one is blocked.
The area where most house fires start is in the kitchen. It only takes a minute to check electrical appliances are switched off. You should never leave cooking unattended.
David Hanson said:
“Checking a smoke alarm only takes minutes but the reasons given for failing to take this simple precaution are disturbing, with general apathy stopping many people from being fire safe.
“I want to urge unless a smoke alarm is regularly maintained it could be rendered useless in the event of a fire.
“The impact of fire can be devastating and potentially fatal, so I would urge people to take immediate action by not only obtaining a smoke alarm but by checking it weekly.”