Cumbria fire service urging people to check their smoke alarms

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to check their smoke alarms after worrying statistics showed that only 28% of households who own one test them on a regular basis.

The Fire Kills campaign was launched nationally after 229 fire-related deaths were reported in homes across the country last year.

Mark Ducie, community safety manager of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: “You’re at least seven times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have any working smoke alarms.

“I’d encourage people in Cumbria to make sure you test your smoke alarms today and get into the habit of testing them each month as they can save you and your family’s life. In the event of a fire, working smoke alarms will give you the valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.

You’re at least seven times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have any working smoke alarms.
“The campaign is running for one month across outdoor, print, digital, social media and radio platforms to raise awareness during the winter months when there is an increase in fire-related incidents and deaths.”

Anyone concerned about their smoke alarms should contact Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 3584777.