Push the red button.

September 14, 2012 3:33 pm

 

If your family’s life depended on pushing a red button, would you do it?
It’s that simple to test your fire alarm once a week. We’re not experts, but we estimate it takes three calories and five seconds to reach up and push that button.

New figures have revealed that one in every three house fires occurred in homes without fire alarms in 2011.
Every year the Fire & Rescue Service is called to 50,000 house fires, which kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000 people.
Half the deaths in home fires happen between 10pm and 10am, and a quarter of people who die are asleep at the time. Scary isn’t it? It doesn’t have to be. Fire alarms don’t just detect fire; they detect smoke and it’s smoke that’s the biggest killer.

Here are some easy tips to follow:
– Get in the habit of testing your fire alarms once a week when do you the laundry or take the bins out, or set an alarm on your phone.
– If you sleep in a bedroom with the door shut, you should install a fire alarm in your room.
– Fit a fire alarm to every level of your home.
– If you have older parents or relatives who are hard of hearing, you can get special fire alarms which vibrate and flash.
– Make a plan of escape with your family so you’re prepared.

A fire alarm is your early warning sign that doubles your chance of survival.
To find out more about the types of fire alarms and how to install them, have a look at a helpful article by the Dorset Fire Service here. To see if you qualify for a free home fire safety check, visit your regional fire department’s website.