Home Safety Week runs from 28th September to 4th October 2020 and HETAS has given it’s support to the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) campaign which encourages people to be alert to alarms for a safer home.
The week encourages people to assess the needs of their homes and ensure they have adequate alarms for their needs. For those most vulnerable groups Fire and Rescue Services can assist with specific advice for the indivdual and, if required, fit smoke detection and some fire and rescue service may be able to install CO detection too. Alarms save lives and in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide (CO) incident they can provide precious time to escape.
Households with alarms
According to the English Housing Survey, in 2018-19, 91% of households had at least one working smoke alarm an increase from 84%c in 2008-9. The proportion of households with working smoke alarms varied depending on tenure. Social tenants were most likely to have at least one working smoke alarm (95%), compared with 90% of owner-occupiers, and 88% of private renters.
In 2018, 42% of all dwellings had a carbon monoxide alarm, up from 38% in 2017. Owner-occupied dwellings (43%) and social rented dwellings (43%) were more likely to have a carbon monoxide alarm than private rented sector dwellings (39%).
HETAS has produced a series of carbon monoxide safety videos alongside our top tips for consumers to stay safe from carbon monoxide.
Take a look at the full suite of videos at https://www.hetas.co.uk/carbon-monoxide-video-1/.
Our videos can be easily shared via the page, or via the HETAS YouTube channel.
Follow the HETAS social media channels for updates on the campaign throughout the week.
Support Home Safety Week
For more details on the campaign visit the NFCC website.
HETAS Registered installers, approved retailer and chimney sweeps can access guidance on the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in Technical Note 22 (TN22), available in the HETAS Technical Area (login required).