Fire Safety and Smoke Alarms – The Statistics

Fire Safety and Smoke Alarms – The Statistics

GOODPOINTEvery week a story emerges in the news about a household or business that has been engulfed by smoke and fire. In many of these cases, UK Fire and Rescue Services are called to homes where a smoke alarm has either alerted the owners or neighbours to the fire.

However, there also far too many examples where tragedy has struck and people have lost their lives because a smoke alarm was installed but not working. Take this case in America where the batteries were removed from the smoke alarm, and by the time the residents were aware of the fire it was unfortunately too late:

Put simply, working smoke alarms save lives!

Our research has highlighted just some of the statistics1 that we think you should know about smoke alarms and fire safety.

Did you know…

  • You are four times more likely to die in a house fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm
  • Last year 200 people died in fires in their home
  • Over 85% of people put themselves at risk of injury when testing their smoke alarms2
  • If there is a fire in your home and you don’t have a working smoke alarm installed the chances of survival are virtually zero
  • Fire deaths have been halved since smoke alarms were introduced in the late 1970s
  • The chance of an elderly person dying from fire doubles when they live alone and do not have a smoke alarm installed
  • One in eight house fires that Fire and Rescue Services attend did not have a working smoke alarm
  • Every day someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette
  • On average 2 people over 65 die in a house fire every week
  • Smoke alarms should be tested weekly and batteries replaced yearly
  • You should have a minimum of one smoke alarm on each floor
  • Smoke alarms should ideally be placed in the middle of the ceiling
  • A number of Fire and Rescue Services in the UK offer free home fire risk checks and advice. They can also install smoke alarms for you
  • Contact your local Fire and Rescue service to find out if this service is available in your area

Testing your smoke alarm only takes a minute and can save lives. A GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester is the safest way to test smoke alarms and is also a great reminder to do so regularly.

1 Sources: Fire Kills – Smoke Alarms – Know The Facts / Older People Radio Ad & Fire Safety In The Home

2 GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester Research – 1,000 Individuals Surveyed