Dumfries and Galloway smoke alarm failure checks urged

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Home owners in Dumfries and Galloway have been urged to check their smoke alarms are working.

The warning came after it emerged the region had the highest rate of fire-damaged homes in Scotland where smoke alarms failed to go off.

Figures for the past 12 months showed the detectors did not work in 32 of the 106 house fires in the region.

Jim Waugh of Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue said some had not been close enough to the fire to be activated.

However, he said that on other occasions the alarms had been faulty or the batteries removed or flat.

He said householders should take a few seconds to check that their detectors were working properly.

"We are pleased with the number of smoke alarms that we have fitted in houses and that are detecting fires," he said.

"We appreciate everybody has busy lives but it only takes about 10 seconds to check a smoke alarm on a weekly or fortnightly basis

"We would encourage householders to do that and make sure that they do have a working smoke alarm because they do save lives."

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