Author : Mary-Anne Bowring
Fire kills and so does the build up of natural gas that can cause an explosion. So whilst you go around your home to change your clock (31st March 2013), test your smoke alarm too or install one.
Ringley's advice is fit a working smoke alarm inside your property and support your Property Manager by asking for a natural gas detector in the common parts. At Ringley, we are still on a daily basis persuading flat owners to implement fire risk assessment advice. We believe that there will become a time, like with EPC's (energy performance certificates) that are required before you sell or rent a home for the government to consider further registration on fire risk implementation. After all in April 2012 we saw the start of a national register of air-conditioning plant so slowly there is close down on safety compliance in all areas.
It is also now becomming commonplace with many new build developers now installing 'natural gas detectors' as standard with some even committing to retrospectively installing these too. Amos 550 natural gas detector as an example costs from about £60 and in high risk buildings are also worth considering installing as they reduce the risk of gas explosions. So please spread the word, when your Property Manager asks you to consider a little in your budget for a natural gas detector, support them and say yes.
15 children died in accidental fires last year, among a total 7,256 injuries and 187 deaths from dwelling fires across the country, and you're 4 times more likely to die in a fire if you don't have a working smoke alarm. The new heart-wrenching video by up-and-coming director, Stevie Russell, reminds everyone exactly what is at stake in a house fire, and is part of the Fire Kills campaign asking people test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks over the Easter weekend. A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999.
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