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Smoke Alarm Study TV Coverage

The easiest way to protect your family and home from fire is with a smoke alarm.

It is essential that you test your smoke alarms weekly to ensure that they are working and ready to spring into action should fire break out in your home.  A working smoke alarm gives valuable early warning of a fire, allowing you the time to put your escape plan into action and get out, stay out and call 999.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) advises that you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home.

National TV Coverage

You may have seen national TV coverage reporting on a study being carried out by a Watch Manager from DFRS and Dundee University looking into the sound made by smoke alarms and whether this sound wakes children.  This field of study, whilst ongoing, is closed to new applicants due to the unprecedented amount of people applying to take part in the study.

What action should I take?

DFRS would like to assure you that your current smoke alarms are essential and this research should not cause any alarm.  The research underlines the importance of parents, guardians and responsible adults being aware that their children may not wake to the sound of an activated smoke alarm, and should therefore not make the assumption that their children will have been woken by the alarm – instead parents, guardians and responsible adults should account for alerting, waking and evacuating children as part of a pre-planned and practised escape plan.

For more information about planning a safe escape please visit: Plan a Safe Escape

For more information about smoke alarms, please visit: Smoke Alarms Save Lives

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