House fireIn response to a study by Strathclyde University and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, the London Fire Brigade has come out in support of fire alarms.

The preliminary research project, by the University of Strathclyde and a fire officer from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service, saw 204 tests involving the sounding of smoke alarms conducted on 34 children. It found that three out of four children tested slept through the alarm.

However, London Fire Brigade Group Manager Mark Hazelton said: “It’s a fact that smoke alarms save lives and we’d hate to think that people would see this study and think that smoke alarms aren’t important. They’re essential as they provide a vital early warning and extra time to escape if there is a fire.

“We’d encourage every parent to teach their children about the risk of fire, what a smoke alarm sounds like and what they should do if there is a fire in their home.”