Research released this month, to coincide with National Bed Month, has shown that fires in bedrooms are at their highest level for five years, with an average of 12 bedroom fires a week in London.
Nearly half of bedroom fires are caused by smoking or candles. So if you don’t have smoke alarms in your bedrooms, now’s the time to fit them.
London Fire Brigade is urging people to fit smoke alarms in all bedrooms to give a vital early warning if a fire starts.
he new figures also reveal that nearly half of all bedroom fires last year were caused by smoking or candles. A quarter (24.6 per cent) of all bedroom fires in 2018 were caused by matches or candles and a fifth (20.7 percent) by smoking. Electrical equipment was also a common cause.
London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said:
“Homes need multiple smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or heaters; any room where you smoke, and anywhere you charge your mobile or laptop.
“As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor – in the hallways and in the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen.
“There are a number of other things you can do to keep your home and bedroom as safe from fire as possible, including never leaving candles unattended and never smoke in bed.”
The Brigade offers free home fire safety visits where firefighters visit people at home to provide fire safety advice, will fit free smoke alarms where needed and other fire safety interventions such as fire retardant bedding.