Make a New Year’s resolution which could save your life

smoke alarmFirefighters across Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are asking you to make a New Year’s resolution which could save your life.

Crews are reminding you to make a pledge to install smoke alarms on every level of your home and to check the batteries are working regularly.

Smoke alarms provide an early warning that a fire has broken out and can provide vital extra minutes to escape the property, especially at night.

Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke from a fire is enough to render you unconscious, so a working smoke alarm could save your life, but only if it is working.

AF&RS Group Manager for Community Safety, Matt Peskett, said: “A working smoke alarm could be the difference between life and death.

“Between April 2012 and March 2013 nearly a third of fire deaths in the UK occurred in properties where no smoke alarm was installed. The devices cost less than £10 and will activate at the first sign of fire. They can make all the difference if a fire breaks out at night giving everyone in the property the chance to escape.

“We would also ask people to ensure they plan and practice how they get out of the house in the event of a fire. Make sure your escape route is clear and that everyone knows where keys to doors and windows are kept. We would like everyone to start the New Year on a positive note and this is an ideal way to protect your family from the devastating consequences of fire.”

Firefighters visit the homes of the most vulnerable members of the community to provide fire safety advice and fit free smoke alarms if required. To find out more about Home Fire Safety Visits or for more fire safety advice click here