Coronation Street highlights the importance of smoke alarms

The removal of batteries from smoke alarms, or failing to replace old ones is the cause of many deaths and injuries in home fires.

Some people remove batteries from smoke alarms because their alarm keeps beeping.  If this is the case check you have the right type of alarm positioned correctly.  See our helpsheet for more details.

Alarms save lives, but a smoke alarm with the batteries removed or with flat batteries will not protect you and your family. Regularly test your alarm and replace the batteries whenever the indicator sounds.  Never remove the batteries permanently.

Tonight’s Coronation Street (Monday, 30 March 2009) highlights the importance of smoke alarms.  In this episode the character Peter Barlow falls asleep with a lit cigerette and sets his flat on fire, where he lives with his son.  In this case, the smoke alarm has had the batteries removed and the pair are  subsequently overcome by smoke and fire and have to be rescued by neighbours, and leaves the character’s son fighting for his life.

Don’t let this happen to you and your family!

Safelincs CO Detector saves family!

A CO detector supplied by Safelincs as part of the Kirklees Warmzone project last week detected CO gas the day after it was installed. The CO leak came from a faulty flue and could potentially have been fatal for the family. A reminder of how important it is to have a good CO alarm installed in every house!