Campaign to get more smoke alarms in homes

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting UK Home Safety Week, which runs between March 24 and 30.

The campaign, led by the Chief Fire Officers Association, aims to highlight the vital need for a working smoke alarm in homes.

WYFRS attended 4,107 house fires between the calendar years 2011 and 2013 - and in just over a fifth each year there was no smoke alarm in the property.

Worryingly, almost a quarter had a smoke alarm but it was not working properly, often due to lack of maintenance or removal of batteries for things such as children’s toys.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “There are simple steps people can take to prevent fires in the home and a smoke alarm is a crucial life-saving tool.

“If you have concerns about fire safety in your home Firefighters can carry out a free Home Fire Safety Check where they will advise you on the type of smoke detection needed or provide a smoke alarm where appropriate.”

Overall WYFRS has seen a decline in house fires over the last three years – however 83% are still down to accidental cause.

Almost half of all accidental house fires WYFRS has attended in the last three years involved cooking.

WYFRS also supports the Government led FireKills, Tick Tock Test campaign, which encourages people to test their smoke alarms on Sunday March 30, when they put their clocks forward for spring.

For a free Home Fire Safety Check call 0800 5874536 or visit