Get a free smoke alarm

With the tragic events at Grenfell Tower still on our minds, and with Hampton recently experiencing two fires of its own, at Marling Court Care Home and at The Hampton pub, it seems prudent to mention how local residents can receive free smoke alarms and fire advice to help in case the worst happens.

If you’re a private tenant, or landlord, living in Richmond Borough, you can collect a free smoke alarm from libraries in Whitton, Teddington, Twickenham, Richmond and East Sheen, thanks to Richmond Council partnering up with the London Fire Brigade (LFB).

All tenants need to do is visit one of the libraries mentioned above and provide the address of the property they need alarms for. They can receive one alarm for a single level flat or bungalow – or two if it is a house or there is an upstairs level.

If you are not a private tenant, such as if you own your own home, you can also receive a free smoke alarm from London Fire Brigade by booking a free home fire safety visit. Simply go to the London Fire Brigade website, and book a time slot which suits you.

If you live in an RHP maintained property, some properties have wired smoke alarms which RHP maintain. If this applies to you, and you think yours may be faulty, do let RHP know as soon as possible.

Andy Cane, Richmond Fire Borough Commander, said:

“Working smoke alarms provide a vital early warning and have proven repeatedly to save lives and greatly reduce the risk of being injured in a fire. Homes need multiple smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered.

“Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or phone chargers. Also, any rooms where you smoke.

“As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor – in the hallways and the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen. They should be tested regularly.

“In addition to the free smoke alarms for private tenants, all residents including owner occupiers can request a free Home Fire Safety Visit direct from the London Fire Brigade. We are especially keen to hear from older people, those living alone or who have a disability.”

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