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Free Smoke Alarms & In Some Cases Deep Fat Fryers

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9y, 11m agoFound 9 years, 11 months ago
The Fire Service will come to your home and check for potential risks and if necessary install smoke alarms free of charge.

"The home fire safety visits are carried out by operational crews, they are completely free and you may be eligible for a free smoke alarm. You will not be sold anything.

The visits focus on three key areas:

1. Identify and be aware of the potential fire risks within your home
2. Know what to do in order to reduce or prevent these risks
3. Put together an escape plan in case a fire does break out and ensure you have working smoke alarms."

I work for South Wales Fire & Rescue Service and we do not refuse free smoke alarms to anyone! (fully fitted as well)

We do in some cases offer free deep fat fryers to people at risk from chip pan fires. I cannot comment on any other brigades ability to do this but it is a service we offer. Although I would like to add please don't ask for one or try and make out that you need one when you don't. As this service is aimed at saving LIVES as many elderly people still use chip pans. What do your parents use?

I hope this is of some use if you need any further info just ask and i shall do my best to find you the answer.

Ruzzy
Remember if your smoke alarm doesn't have a battery, You don't have a Smoke Alarm!
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#1
Thanks for this.
We had the local Fire Service delivering fire safety leaflets just before Christmas and the nice chap said we could have two Smoke Detectors fitted free with a ten year battery.
#2
Put them out of a job wont it?
1 Like #3
I bet most fire officers would prefer not to be needed.

(plus, it'll give them more time to do the moonlighting jobs):):):)
#4
mullerman
Put them out of a job wont it?

If these save lives, property and stop the Firefighters endangering their lives, it's worth it.
I have utmost respect for Firefighters.
#5
i still use chip pan.

We;ve had 4 deep fat fryers in 3 years. each 1 broke..
#6
mullerman
Put them out of a job wont it?


Our role has changed over the years, prevention rather than intervention.
But sadly prevention can only go so far.

So fill get us out to make you as safe as we can, most brigades have numbers you can call instead of this form if you prefer. Just type into google "fire safety check" and your local brigade and you should find the number easily. If you can let me know where you are and i'll dig it out for you.
1 Like #7
dazbfc
i still use chip pan.

We;ve had 4 deep fat fryers in 3 years. each 1 broke..


Chip pan fires are the largest cause of house fires in the UK, The last couple ive been called out too were all down to chip pans. (my advice is to never use one)

so if you do insist on using one:
# NEVER have a chip pan over a third full of oil or fat
# NEVER be tempted to cook with a chip pan after drinking alcohol
# ONLY tackle the fire if you feel it is safe to do so and you have a clear escape route
# NEVER think of moving the pan
# turn off the source of heat ONLY if you can do it without placing yourself at risk
# cover the pan with a lid or a dampened tea towel, but be CAREFUL to protect your hands
# leave the pan for at least 30 MINUTES to allow the oil to cool
# NEVER remove the lid or damp tea towel - it will almost certainly cause a re-ignition
# NEVER use water on a chip pan fire - it will cause it to explode into a fireball, spreading the fire and causing severe burns to anyone nearby
1 Like #8
dinosteveus
If these save lives, property and stop the Firefighters endangering their lives, it's worth it.
I have utmost respect for Firefighters.


Completely agree with you dinosteveus, they do an excellent job! :thumbsup:
#9
Ruzzy
I work for South Wales Fire & Rescue Service and we do not refuse free smoke alarms to anyone! (fully fitted as well)

Great, can you fit one in my mothers house please, because the local fires service only fit them in 'high risk' areas...and guess what, my mother's home is not classed as high risk!

http://www.twfire.gov.uk/sys_upl/templates/PT_Directory/PT_Directory_details.asp?esLtr=ALL&ItemId=1626&action=Display&pgid=1471&tid=147&DirectoryKeywords=&CategoryID=&OrderDir=DESC&OrderFld=
#10
I have added heat to this deal, stay around though in case it gets too hot
#11
Premier
Great, can you fit one in my mothers house please, because the local fires service only fit them in 'high risk' areas...and guess what, my mother's home is not classed as high risk!

http://www.twfire.gov.uk/sys_upl/templates/PT_Directory/PT_Directory_details.asp?esLtr=ALL&ItemId=1626&action=Display&pgid=1471&tid=147&DirectoryKeywords=&CategoryID=&OrderDir=DESC&OrderFld=


Different brigades have different funding i guess, I can only really comment on South Wales for whom i work. Our policy is that anyone who wants/needs them can have them free of charge.
Its a shame that brigades are so under funded that anyone would be refused a smoke alarm costing a few £'s
#12
lokbige2000
I have added heat to this deal, stay around though in case it gets too hot

:-D
#13
Can you not choose a date and time for them to come?

I filled the form out with my address and on the next page it says In order to complete your request, please click on the submit button below. Should you wish to change any of the details please click on the previous button and modify accordingly. Once submitted, your request will be passed to your local fire & rescue service.

I don't want them coming at any time as i will be out and it will be a wasted trip.
#14
Our firebrigade comes around every house in town once every year/other year to ask if we have working smoke alarms and whether we check them
#15
Mine are builtin with the house, they go off very easy and very very loud, which is a good thing, but when your grilling bacon it can be a bit of a pain. Both mine have differant sounds. Just beofre xmas the upstairs one went off, i found out my daughter was smoking in her bedroom, Needless to say i was a bit shocked that it did go off with fag smoke and plus of course she got a telling off.
#16
Problem with smoke alarms is the cost of the batteries!

A lot of people I know have smoke alarms but when the 1st battery runs out they don't bother getting a new one.
#17
pt2007
Can you not choose a date and time for them to come?

I filled the form out with my address and on the next page it says In order to complete your request, please click on the submit button below. Should you wish to change any of the details please click on the previous button and modify accordingly. Once submitted, your request will be passed to your local fire & rescue service.

I don't want them coming at any time as i will be out and it will be a wasted trip.


What will happen is your local brigade will contact you and ask when is suitable for you, we can do almost anytime as we work 24/7
although ive not done one later than 9pm :)
#18
AndyToys
Problem with smoke alarms is the cost of the batteries!

A lot of people I know have smoke alarms but when the 1st battery runs out they don't bother getting a new one.


This is always a problem but at some point people have to take responsibility for their own safety.
We have had a batch of ones with 10 year batteries but im not a fan of them, few things in my experience that clam to last that long ever do and once the battery is dead the entire unit must be replaced so seems a bit wasteful to me. Also i think people will check these are working less oftern and therefore put themselves at risk.

Check them weekly, it only takes a couple of seconds
(im like a walking fire safety campaign :) )
#19
Ruzzy
Chip pan fires are the largest cause of house fires in the UK, The last couple ive been called out too were all down to chip pans. (my advice is to never use one)

so if you do insist on using one:
# NEVER have a chip pan over a third full of oil or fat
# NEVER be tempted to cook with a chip pan after drinking alcohol
# ONLY tackle the fire if you feel it is safe to do so and you have a clear escape route
# NEVER think of moving the pan
# turn off the source of heat ONLY if you can do it without placing yourself at risk
# cover the pan with a lid or a dampened tea towel, but be CAREFUL to protect your hands
# leave the pan for at least 30 MINUTES to allow the oil to cool
# NEVER remove the lid or damp tea towel - it will almost certainly cause a re-ignition
# NEVER use water on a chip pan fire - it will cause it to explode into a fireball, spreading the fire and causing severe burns to anyone nearby
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Cheers for that mate. Completly agree you need to be very carefull using a chip pan. I never leave the kitchen whil;e a chip pan is on.

I prefer deep fat fryers. but they don;r prefer me.... lol
#20
I think this is a really good post. If your post saves one life because someone gets a smoke alarm they wouldnt have otherwise have bothered with, it will be the greatest saving of the year.
#21
Top post Ruzzy, the crews in Barry South Wales are busy as ever doing these, especially white watch !!

Happy New Year to you all !:santa:
#22
Thanks for this - great to know such a service exists, its the first I've heard of one.
dazbfc
i still use chip pan.

We;ve had 4 deep fat fryers in 3 years. each 1 broke..

Eat oven chips, they are better for you. Fried food tastes like crud anyway... ;-)
#23
If we all only do one good thing this year we should fit a smoke detector for a family member or friend. It beggers belief that we can all surf here and spend hundreds of pounds on sometimes items that are only nice to have yet some won't spend a couple of quid on a PP3 smoke alarm battery to potentially save their life. Go on its as good a new years res. as any??? Maybe we could have a HUK deal somewhere on smoke detectors.
#24
This post reminds me... Need to go check the batteries and clean the sensors in the smoke alarms..
#25
Both my mother and my grandmother (who's 90) uses a chip pan (and we're in South Wales too, maybe you'll be seeing us soon!) I know my mothers is almost always full and boils alarmingly sometimes. I myself try to take a healthier option and don't deep fry anything so have never used a chip pan as I oven bake, but I will try and convince them to invest in a proper fryer, didn't realise it was a big risk to be honest
#26
Athravan
Both my mother and my grandmother (who's 90) uses a chip pan (and we're in South Wales too, maybe you'll be seeing us soon!) I know my mothers is almost always full and boils alarmingly sometimes. I myself try to take a healthier option and don't deep fry anything so have never used a chip pan as I oven bake, but I will try and convince them to invest in a proper fryer, didn't realise it was a big risk to be honest


Chip Pans are extremely risky, convince them both to have visits and when the crew come round they will go through all kinds of safety (electrical socket overloading etc.) and as ive said in some cases provide a deep fat fryer.

Im like you i don't fry anything, in my opinion baked or grilled food tastes better, its healthier and defiantly safer.
#27
My partner is in DEVON FIRE & RESCUE and regularly carries out HOME SAFETY CHECKS, fitting alarms and helping people to make their houses safer. I don't know if it has been mentioned but there are also the hard of hearing alerter which can be fitted again free of charge. If its any help to anyone the address for
DEVON FIRE AND RESCUE -
Home Safety Visit Request
Devon Fire & Rescue Service
Service Headquarters
Clyst St George
EXETER
EX3 0ZZ
or telephone 0800 7311 822
I hope this helps.:)
#28
I had a deep fat fryer off the fire service about 1 year ago I think and its leaking fat from the bottom, does that mean they will supply me with another one. I am a single parent with 2 kids.

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