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PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Sun 05-Jul-09 12:15:33

chech their smoke alarms and get a fire safety check from the fire brigade if you need advice on smoke alrmas, escape routes etc, and to remind our loved ones to do the same

We can't help those poor people who died in the tower block fire but we can help prevent it happening again

Shameless use of AIBU I know, sorry

differentID Sun 05-Jul-09 12:16:23

that'smok Peachy- we use the fire angel ones in the light socket.

Jumente Sun 05-Jul-09 12:19:59

yanbu, but I have got two fire angel ones (not the lightbulb ones, thought they were, but they're not) and NO idea where to put them. The instructions don't cover a lot of homes and you end up with them going off every time you use the toaster, or being completely ineffectual if there was an actual fire.

So can I seriously get some nice firemen round to tell me where they go? grin

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Sun 05-Jul-09 12:26:33

Many areas certainly you can ask the brigade yesp, they came here and did a full check

before we found out that the occupier before us was Head of the Brigade LOL- was very safe

bronze Sun 05-Jul-09 12:29:50

I check our downstairs one a bit too oten blush

One of those things its good to reminds ourselves to do everynow and then though.

dylsmum1998 Sun 05-Jul-09 12:30:36

Jumente, in my last house the fire brigade came out and did a safety check after i asked them, Kent fire service def do this, and they decided that my smoke alarms werent loud enough so took them out and put in the ones they recomend for free and helped us plan an escape route and discuss it with ds who was 6 at the time. also went through other fire safety methods, shutting doors etc with the whole family

insertwittynicknameHERE Sun 05-Jul-09 12:31:22

I rang my local fire station and asked if they could come round and do a fire safety check for us. When they came they also supplied and fitted 2 smoke alarms free of charge for us.
They are the new ones with a 10 year battery life span, they said when the batteries start to go they will make a bleeping noise and to call them again and they will replace them.

very good service and they even came in a fire engine and let DD sit inside and have a piccy take grin

Mamazon Sun 05-Jul-09 12:33:50

i have new smoke alarms that were fitted for me to move in.

Im a leeetle bit gutted though as the fire brigade are coming around to test all the older ones.

Im missing out on a dishy fireman!!

mind you knowing my luck i'd end up with one of Dp's mates. honeslty, when i found out that all his best friends were fireman i was over the moon....till i met them!

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sun 05-Jul-09 12:35:29

Shameless abuse of AIBU.

But I have just gone and checked.


Jumente Sun 05-Jul-09 12:37:51

Ah thanks, I will ring them up then...not 999 I take it grin

fucksticks Sun 05-Jul-09 13:20:42

thanks. whats the angel smoke alarms? do they go in plug sockets? so they cant run out of batteries?

RunningFaery Sun 05-Jul-09 16:59:01

Thank you for reminding me that I need smoke alarms

Bleatblurt Sun 05-Jul-09 17:01:04

As soon as we moved into this house we had the fire brigade come round and do a check for us.

We have fire alarms that are connected to the electrics (with battery backup). I also have an escape ladder. blush

Salme101 Sun 05-Jul-09 17:32:13

Fucksticks: Angel smoke alarms are just ordinary ceiling-attached ones - apparently they have an integral battery with a 10-year lifespan and when it runs out the whole unit needs to be replaced. The fire brigade also fitted 2 for us as a free service (West Midlands area) smile

Boys2mam Sun 05-Jul-09 17:37:13

Its when they go off when cooking that puts me off blush

I understand the importance but does anyone know of any that can be switched off when cooking?

BouncingTurtle Sun 05-Jul-09 17:50:09

Peachy - I think this is a wonderful use of an AIBU thread!

There are so many ways to get fire alarms fitted for free (local council safety initiatives, fire brigade etc.,) and the fact it has been mandatory to have them fitted in new builds for several years now - I also think landlords have to fit them in their do rental properties too?

They are not that expensive to buy either, there is so little excuse not to have such a valuable life saving device!! I urge anyone who knows someone who doesn't have one, who doesn't know how to get a free one or can't afford on to please, please help them to get one fitted. They really do save lives!

Boy2mam - I doubt it - because what if you forgot to switch on again? They are recommended to be fitted away from kitchen areas - hallways and landings are recommended. So if you haven't got an extractor fan in your kitchen you'll have to have a window open when cooking!!`

Kimi Sun 05-Jul-09 18:00:12

YANBU grin going to put in new battery's now

dawntigga Sun 05-Jul-09 18:06:11

We had to sexy lovely in a pure and chaste way firemen come round about 8 weeks before ds was born for that. Of course we have a fireman living on the street so our response time should be pretty good


metmoo Sun 05-Jul-09 18:22:20

my dad died because....he had no working smoke alarm fitted check them regularly get em checked by fire brigade or landlord just make sure they work

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Sun 05-Jul-09 18:27:46

Memoo sad

monkeypinkmonkey Sun 05-Jul-09 18:39:09

Thanks went out and bought replacement batteries that I had been meaning to do for few weeks. So they are now in and working!!!!

sweetnitanitro Sun 05-Jul-09 18:41:14

Boys2mam, mine has got a hush button that you press if it goes off when you're cooking (which it always does!) which keeps it quiet for 5 minutes I think.

Claire2009 Sun 05-Jul-09 18:41:33

InsertwittynicknameHERE, I had the same, but mine ran out of battery after 5-6 mths, so I've got to call them out again wink grin

Meglet Sun 05-Jul-09 18:54:08

boy2mam you can get alarms with a hush button.

I work for the fire service so know more than I'd like about the aftermath of domestic fires. Even had the blokes round here to check my alarms. You need alarms in every room (except bathroom + kitchen) + test every week. Also watch out for over loaded sockets and dodgy electricals. Get in touch with your local fire service to see if they do home fire safety visits, they will probably be really helpful.

BottySpottom Sun 05-Jul-09 19:17:46

We recently had a check by the fire brigade and they were fantastic. They gave us free fire alarms for the whole house (though we already had shop ones). These last for 10 years and don't need batteries replacing.

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