There are many deaths and
injuries caused by fire in the home. Modern materials like plastics make
fire much more dangerous than it was 50 years ago. Fires start more
easily, and can grow to infernos in 2 to 3 minutes. This means that
people need protection against fire in their homes, especially the old,
young, disabled or vulnerable.
The government has
encouraged the installation of smoke alarms for many years, and since
1991, it has been mandatory to fit them in all new dwellings in the UK
under Building Regulations.
Is this the answer?
Unfortunately it is only a partial solution as can be seen when fire statistics
are studied. It is disconcerting to see that even where smoke alarms
are fitted, AND WORKING, many fire deaths and injuries still occur.
How then can this be
Smoke alarms can save lives, but if there
are insufficient alarms, or they are the wrong type, they will not
always achieve the objective.
Domestic sprinklers are the best
solution, and offer almost complete safety from fire. In some parts of
the world where they have been fitted the results have been dramatic. In
America, Scotsdale, Arizona is a prime example of how life and
property damage can be reduced to a fraction of the norm.
Even so, it is essential
that people are aware of the dangers of fire, and it is important that a
fire plan is formulated, and practiced
regularly. Your fire plan should take into account how you would get out
of your home if the normal route becomes impassable. Everyone in the
house should know how to call the fire brigade, and the information to
give, such as your address, including the town and County etc.