Home Fire Safety Week is just around the corner and Gas Appliance Spares wants to raise awareness of the risk of accidental fires which can be caused by home appliances.
With the colder weather fast approaching, it’s that time of year when fires are being serviced in preparation for the winter months. It’s also a popular time for repairs, such as respraying the coals or replacing gas valves.
Home Fire Safety Week takes place on October 2-8, 2017. This presents an ideal opportunity to check that homes are safe, as small changes in everyday behaviour can reduce the risk of an incident occurring or escalating.
In 2016, over 200 people in the UK died from fires in the home. Some of these tragic deaths have occurred as a result of appliances which have been incorrectly installed, or where they have failed to be maintained adequately. Faulty electrics are the cause of around 6,000 fires in the home each year.
What’s more, the Fire Kills campaign confirms occupants are seven times more likely to die in a fire in the home, if there are no working smoke alarms.
GAS warns that it is imperative for properties to be fitted with working smoke alarms and these must be tested at least once a month. Thirty-five people die each year because their smoke alarm is not working. Therefore, it is advisable for smoke alarms to be fitted on every level of a property.
Ross Graham, GAS Appliance spares manager, said: “Having regular gas safety checks and services will highlight any issues with unsafe appliances. We must also underline the importance of having fire alarms fitted in the home, as consequently, this can save lives.”