Smoke alarm risk
A report from the Local Government Association (LGA) has found that almost half of all battery-powered fire alarms did not go off during house fires in England last year.
The figures showed that 39% of the devices failed to activate.
By contrast, 21% of mains-powered smoke alarms failed to operate in residential fires in 2016-17.
With industry statistics showing that more than a fifth (22%) of households never test their smoke alarm, the LGA is urging people to check their household fire alarms.
Cllr Ian Stephens, chairman of the LGA's Fire Service Management Committee, said: "Smoke alarm ownership has risen over the years to 93%, but their ability to provide a vital early warning is being dangerously compromised if they don't activate due to dud batteries."
Extract from The Daily Telegraph, Page: 14
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