Fire safety warning to Sidmouth residents

PUBLISHED: 13:41 18 February 2011 | UPDATED: 13:41 18 February 2011

RESIDENTS in the Sidmouth area have been urged to check smoke alarms and be vigilant after an increase in the number of house fires and related deaths and injuries across the country.

RESIDENTS in the Sidmouth area have been urged to check smoke alarms and be vigilant after an increase in the number of house fires and related deaths and injuries across the country.

Peter Holland, President of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) said: “The tragedies that we have seen in some areas of the country serve as a stark reminder to us all of the importance of working smoke alarms and the need to have an escape plan should it become necessary to evacuate.

“During periods of cold weather, it is particularly important for everyone to take extra care, especially when using all forms of heating or cooking equipment. Alcohol is also often a major contributory factor in instances of fire deaths and injuries.”

Mr Holland urged residents to not only their own smoke alarms, but those of elderly relatives or vulnerable neighbours.

He added: “Always make sure that flammable materials are kept as far away from sources of heat as possible, and that all forms of heating appliance, be they electrical or gas are well maintained. Never use any appliance that may be faulty.”


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