Halifax: UK homes at risk of fire

03 February 2006
A startling number of Britons are not taking adequate precautions to protect their homes from fire damage, according to new research.

Each year, there are more than 58,000 house fires in Britain resulting in 11,500 injuries.

However, more 5.2 million adults do not have any fire safety devices in their homes, such as alarms, fire blankets or extinguishers, research by Halifax Home Insurance reveals.

More than eight and a half UK residents do not have a smoke alarm which would let them know if a fire broke out in their house, while 25 million British homes do not have a fire extinguisher.

"It is worrying that so many householders still do not have the basic fire safety devices in their homes. With the prices of smoke alarms starting at just £5 from supermarkets or DIY stores there is no excuse for people not to protect themselves," said Vicky Emmott, senior underwriting manager at Halifax Home Insurance.

"Thousands of people are injured by home fires each year so it is vital people take adequate precautions to safeguard their families and possessions. Unfortunately, the fire education message is still failing to get through to millions of Britons."

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