Facts on Smoke Alarms

  1. On average 39 people die in fires nationally every year. Tragically most of these deaths could have been prevented if a working smoke alarm had been present in the home.
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  3. A national survey, carried out recently, on smoke alarm ownership found that there are over 300,000 households who do not have any smoke alarms installed!
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  5. Smoke Alarms do not “prevent” fires!
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  7. Most fires happen at night when people are asleep and smoke does not always wake people up but can actually put them into a deeper sleep.
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  9. Smoke Alarms do not “put out” fires!
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  11. Smoke inhalation, not heat or flames, causes the majority of fire deaths and the smoke given off by some furnishing materials can kill very quickly.
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  13. 10 year smoke alarms are available as ionisation or optical alarms and are fitted with a long life lithium battery or a sealed power pack that lasts for 10 years.