Half of accidental house fire fatalities involved people over 60

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According to a recent post published by the Daily Record, new statistics released by The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) show that over half of accidental house fire fatalities involved people over the age of 60.

People over the age of 60 tend to spend more time in the home and long-term medical conditions, mobility issues, limited sight and hearing difficulties also start to influence the elderly’s day to day life. They are less likely to be completely aware of their surroundings and if there is a fire, they are less likely to contain it.

Most of the fires that start in homes can be prevented, all we need to do is start taking some basic steps to ensure that inhabitants are made aware of potential fire hazards and alerted to a potential fire starting.

The easiest way to ensure you are alerted when a fire breaks out in your home is to ensure you have smoke alarms or heat alarms installed. These need to be installed across all the separate floors in your home and in individual rooms.

Following on from that, it is key that you nominate someone in your home to test the alarms. Testing your alarms once a month will ensure peace of mind and could save your life.

If you have a friend, relative or neighbour who could be at risk, try and make some time to have a look at their fire safety. Check over their heating sources, plug sockets, ovens, tumble dryer and washing machines to make sure they are still in a good working condition.

Most importantly, if they haven’t fitted any smoke alarms, make sure you help install them before it is too late. Smoke alarms are one of the most essential accessories your home will ever need but are often the last thing you think about!

The CAVIUS Photoelectric Smoke Alarm is a welcome change to the traditionally large and unsightly smoke alarms we have had for years. Using all the recommended technologies from the global fire services, it offers early detection of a home fire with a loud piercing audio alert when smoke is detected, and it just looks great! Being so small and aesthetically pleasing you don’t mind placing it where it will work best – right in the centre of the room.

Don’t forget about our Thermal Heat Alarm – designed to detect fast, flaming fires in the areas not suitable to install smoke alarms such as kitchens, garages, workshops, or laundries.

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