Smoke alarm alerts man to fire

Kenilworth, Yate

a close-up image of a smoke alarmA man was woken up by his smoke alarm activating after a fire in the kitchen area of his bungalow during the early hours of this morning.

The man, aged around 50, was able to go to a window of his home and, with the help of a neighbour, safely escape the property and call the fire service.

Two fire engines from Yate and one from Kingswood attended.

The fire was already out and a positive pressure ventilation fan was used to clear smoke from the property.

The occupier was given oxygen therapy by fire crews, as he had inhaled some smoke.

He was then taken to hospital by ambulance.

Firefighters from Green Watch attended the bungalow, and recognised it as an address they had visited a year ago, when they carried out a Home Fire Safety Visit.

During that visit, they fitted two smoke alarms in the bungalow and it is believed that it was one of these devices which alerted the man to the danger.

This incident serves as another reminder of the importance of having at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your property, and of ensuring it is properly maintained.

Just a few breaths of thick smoke from a fire can render someone unconscious.

Properly-working smoke alarms can provide vital extra time by alerting householders early to any danger, and giving them the chance to safely get out of their homes before they are overcome by smoke.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service offers free Home Fire Safety Visits to vulnerable people. To see if you, or somebody you know, may be entitled to such a visit, call 0117 926 2061.

The visits involve firefighters offering useful advice, carrying out a safety assessment and, in some cases, fitting free smoke alarms.