Working smoke alarm saves Salisbury family

Working smoke alarm saves Salisbury family

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 10:18am 16th July 2019. (Updated at 11:06am 16th July 2019)

The device alerted a family to a blaze at their home in the city last night.

The fire broke out in a garage attached to the property in Attwood Road at 7.26pm.

Three fire engines were sent to the scene and were quickly able to contain the blaze.

General Manager Katie Cornhill at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said without smoke alarms it could have been a very different story.

“It became apparent at the debrief that the working smoke alarms within the garage had alerted the family to safety, and without this the outcome could have been far worse. This acts as a reminder to test your smoke alarms regularly and have an escape plan in case of fire.”

The emergency service is keen to stress awareness of the importance of a working smoke alarm on social media.


Fire chiefs say the blaze started due to a faulty electrical item which was well alight when they arrived.

Katie Cornhill has the advice.

“We would always advise people to ensure electrical equipment is checked prior to use and removed from service if it shows any signs of a fault.  Also, avoid daisy chaining extension leads and ensure electrical equipment is correctly fused.


You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm.

Smoke alarms are the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you precious time to escape.

They are cheap, easy to get hold of, and simple to install.

The more alarms you have, the safer you will be.

The advice from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue is that you should have one on each floor of your home and you should always have one where you will hear it when you’re asleep.

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Protect your family by getting a smoke alarm.


Ionisation alarms are the cheapest and most readily available, and are very sensitive to fires that burn fiercely.

They detect such fires before the smoke gets too thick.

Optical alarms are more expensive, but are also more effective at detecting slow-burning fires (such as smouldering foam filled furniture or overheated wiring).

These are less likely to go off accidentally and are best for ground floor hallways and homes on one level.

You can also get mains powered alarms, which need to be installed by a qualified electrician. These do have battery back-up in case of a power cut.


It's all very good having a smoke alarm but you must make sure it's working properly.


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