Smoke detector

Almost 40% of battery-powered smoke alarms failed to activate in residential fires in England in the past year, latest figures show.

With industry statistics showing that more than a fifth (22%) of households never test their smoke alarm, the Lib Dems are urging all householders to test theirs regularly to check they are working – changing batteries where necessary – to help keep you safe.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner, James Moore said:

“Smoke alarm ownership has risen over the years to 93 per cent, but their ability to provide a vital early warning is being dangerously compromised if they don’t activate due to dud batteries. The Lib Dems are calling for the one in ten (11%) householders without a smoke alarm to buy one to help save more lives.

“Smoke alarms are proven life-savers, but we urge all residents to test their smoke alarms regularly and change batteries where necessary.”

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