Check alarms

PUBLISHED: 17:01 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

CHECK your smoke alarms - because faulty ones mean you are twice as likely to die in a fire. Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service delivered a stark message this week in its Fire Kills campaign.

CHECK your smoke alarms - because faulty ones mean you are twice as likely to die in a fire.

Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service delivered a stark message this week in its Fire Kills campaign.

There are 984 house fires in Devon each year, injuring 212 people and killing four. Although 85 per cent of households have alarms, a staggering 87 per cent are not tested often enough.

Community fire safety officer Paul Baker said: "A disturbing number do not maintain their alarms on a weekly basis. The message is simple, smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work.

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