Make smoke alarm first Christmas gift

editorial image

STRATHCLYDE Fire & Rescue is urging everyone to make sure they have a working smoke alarm this winter.

Winter, particularly the festive period, usually results in a rise in the number of serious house fires and casualties.

There are a number of lifestyle factors which can greatly increase your chances of being the victim of a serious house fire.

Excessive alcohol consumption is often a significant contributory factor; smoking or cooking under the influence of alcohol can be a fatal combination.

Additionally groups such as older people and those with long term illnesses or medical conditions are particularly vulnerable.

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue’s director of community safety, Assistant Chief Officer, Lewis Ramsay said: “Every household in Strathclyde should have at least one working smoke alarm.

“In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm will give you, and your family, vital life saving minutes to escape safely.

“If you, or someone you know, a neighbour, friend, or family member, doesn’t have a working smoke alarm I would urge you to fit one immediately or call Strathclyde Fire & Rescue on 0800 0731 999.

“We will supply and fit long life smoke alarms and a heat alarm free of charge.”

Smoke alarms FAQs —

How many fire alarms does my home need?: If your home has more than one level, you’ll need at least one smoke detector on each floor, and a heat detector. If you have more than one alarm, they should preferably be linked up to each other.

Where should I fit fire alarms?: The best place for a smoke and heat alarms is on the ceiling. Try and keep them 30cm (12 inches) away from any walls, lights, doors, heating or air-conditioning vents.

How do I stop false alarms?: Try not to fit smoke alarms too close to the kitchen door - steam and cooking fumes are the most common cause of false alarms. Within a kitchen always use a heat detector or a smoke alarm recommended for kitchen areas.

What tools will I need?: If fitting an alarm yourself, the alarm will come with screws and rawl plugs, you’ll need a screwdriver and possibly a drill.

Read the instructions that come with each alarm for further information.