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London Fire Brigade urge consumer fire alarm take-up

Smoke alarm a crucial safety system
Smoke alarms are being denied
the opportunity to save lives 

London Fire Brigade’s statistics show that in 2009, 26 people died in fires where there was no working smoke alarm.

Despite the new survey revealing that we blow £13.2 billion each year on personal grooming products like hair gels, pomade and perfume, hundreds of thousands of London households still don’t want to fork out for a smoke alarm that could save our lives.

Smoke alarms costing as little as £5 yet it is estimated that over 300,000 homes in the capital still do not have one and this is even more shocking in light of Mintel’s British lifestyle survey saying that people are spending £36 million a day on personal care. It also shows that we spent £31 billion a year on takeaways and £2.4 billion feeding and clothing our pets.

London Fire Brigade’s statistics show that in 2009, 26 people died in fires where there was no working smoke alarm.

Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Andy Hickmott said: “Buying a smoke alarm and making sure the batteries are working should be your priority when it comes to personal care. It is shocking that we are still attending a lot of fires where the residents have no smoke alarms. Spending as little as a fiver on a smoke alarm will save your life.”

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