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Propertymark supports Fire Kills campaign

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Propertymark is partnering with the UK Government’s fire safety campaign in order to spread the message of everyday fire hazards and urge agents to do the same to ensure people install smoke alarms on every floor of their property.

The Fire Kills campaign has returned to highlight the everyday accidents that can cause a fire in your home.

Home Office analysis has found you are around 8 times more likely to die in a fire if you do not have a working smoke alarm in your home and while the majority (90 per cent) of homes now have at least one working smoke alarm, 23 per cent of people say they never test them. Existing research also indicates that some people are more at risk of fire than others, such as older people and people with disabilities.

The campaign also highlights candles, cigarettes, portable heaters and overloaded extension leads as causes which can lead to fires in any room of a home. The latest Home Office analysis of fires has also found that most accidental fires start with cooking appliances (48 per cent), for example, by something flammable being left too close to the cooker, such as a tea towel.

Propertymark believes it’s essential for people to be aware of fire risks in their homes and would encourage agents to do the same in order to better inform and help people put appropriate measures in place to keep themselves and others safe.

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It’s easy to make mistakes. Being alert to hazards after a long day at work, or with distractions at home is never easy.

This is why this campaign is so important – it reminds us of how we can prevent the unthinkable.

At the very least, if you do nothing else, please buy smoke alarms for your home so you and yours can sleep easy.

Kit Malthouse, Minister for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service

For more information on how you can spread the word and find out more about fire safety, visit the Government’s Fire Kills website below.

Fire kills website