Too many South Essex homes with no fire alarms

Neil Fenwick

Neil Fenwick

First published in Local News by , Senior reporter

JUST under half of all residential fires in south Essex in the past three years were in properties that didn’t have a working smoke alarm.

Firefighters went out to more than 600 homes that either didn’t have an alarm, or did not have one, but it didn’t work.

Senior firefighter, divisional officers Neil Fenwick, said too many people are putting their safety at risk by not having a smoke alarm in their home.

He said: “There is no excuse for not having one.”

Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows the service was called out to 434 house and flat fires in Thurrock, Southend, Basildon, Rochford and Castle Point where there was no smoke alarm at all between April 2010 and March 2013.

Another 213 dwellings in the area had an alarm, but it was not working.

Overall, figures obtained by the Echo show there were 1,408 dwelling fires in south Essex in that period.

In Castle Point, more than half the homes visited by the fire service either did not have an alarm, or didn’t have one that worked.

Southend is the next worst area, with 47 per cent of call outs being to dwellings without an alarm. Mr Fenwick said: “A smoke alarm is the most important piece of equipment in any home. They provide vital early warning at the first sign of fire giving everyone the chance to get safely out.

“We provide and install smoke alarms for free, so there is really no excuse.”

Quick-thinking seven-yearold Kayla Henderson recently alerted her family to a fire at their home at Malyons, on the Felmores Estate, in Pitsea.

The property had a smoke alarm and her mum Danielle Purvey said it was thanks to that and her daughter the family got out safely.

An electrical surge had cut off the power and as Danielle was examining the fuse box, the schoolgirl alerted her to the blaze in her sister’s bedroom.

To arrange a free home fire safety visit, call 0845 601 2495 or e-mail web master@ essex-fire.gov.uk.

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12:41pm Fri 25 Oct 13

Middle finger to the law says...

Rubbish. There a waste of time and money. You gotta be an idiot to let your house burn down let alone get killed in it.
Rubbish. There a waste of time and money. You gotta be an idiot to let your house burn down let alone get killed in it. Middle finger to the law
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1:11pm Fri 25 Oct 13

How#Ironic says...

Middle finger to the law wrote:
Rubbish. There a waste of time and money. You gotta be an idiot to let your house burn down let alone get killed in it.
You've managed to survive somehow
[quote][p][bold]Middle finger to the law[/bold] wrote: Rubbish. There a waste of time and money. You gotta be an idiot to let your house burn down let alone get killed in it.[/p][/quote]You've managed to survive somehow How#Ironic
  • Score: 4

2:13pm Fri 25 Oct 13

andyh says...

Smoke alarms risk being "the boy who cried wolf":

They go off if you're running a hot bath; and don't if someone is smoking.
Smoke alarms risk being "the boy who cried wolf": They go off if you're running a hot bath; and don't if someone is smoking. andyh
  • Score: 0

2:19pm Fri 25 Oct 13

How#Ironic says...

Mine goes off at 18:30 every day and the missus is strangely always doing something in the kitchen at the time.
Mine goes off at 18:30 every day and the missus is strangely always doing something in the kitchen at the time. How#Ironic
  • Score: 5

3:05pm Fri 25 Oct 13

Sensible Man says...

This headline should just read - "Too many South Essex homes" - this county is SO over-populated. Unfortunately our useless government and councils seem to be in an intimate love affair with the filthy shoebox developers - will we ever be told why?

STOP IMMIGRATION - STOP CHILD BENEFIT AFTER TWO - lets make SOME effort to preserve what is left of Englands green and pleasant land.

Shoebox developers - please pee off and go and count your filthy fat scum wallets somewhere else.
This headline should just read - "Too many South Essex homes" - this county is SO over-populated. Unfortunately our useless government and councils seem to be in an intimate love affair with the filthy shoebox developers - will we ever be told why? STOP IMMIGRATION - STOP CHILD BENEFIT AFTER TWO - lets make SOME effort to preserve what is left of Englands green and pleasant land. Shoebox developers - please pee off and go and count your filthy fat scum wallets somewhere else. Sensible Man
  • Score: -1

3:58pm Fri 25 Oct 13

whateverhappened says...

Sensible Man wrote:
This headline should just read - "Too many South Essex homes" - this county is SO over-populated. Unfortunately our useless government and councils seem to be in an intimate love affair with the filthy shoebox developers - will we ever be told why? STOP IMMIGRATION - STOP CHILD BENEFIT AFTER TWO - lets make SOME effort to preserve what is left of Englands green and pleasant land. Shoebox developers - please pee off and go and count your filthy fat scum wallets somewhere else.
ha brilliant..but surely new builds have to be fitted with a smoke alarm ,, which i think is the point of the artical
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: This headline should just read - "Too many South Essex homes" - this county is SO over-populated. Unfortunately our useless government and councils seem to be in an intimate love affair with the filthy shoebox developers - will we ever be told why? STOP IMMIGRATION - STOP CHILD BENEFIT AFTER TWO - lets make SOME effort to preserve what is left of Englands green and pleasant land. Shoebox developers - please pee off and go and count your filthy fat scum wallets somewhere else.[/p][/quote]ha brilliant..but surely new builds have to be fitted with a smoke alarm ,, which i think is the point of the artical whateverhappened
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Fri 25 Oct 13

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Don't mess with Darwin's theory Keeps the population down
Don't mess with Darwin's theory Keeps the population down Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Fri 25 Oct 13

hoppie says...

Smoke alarms are there as a safety thing but quite often fitted in the wrong place so go off from cooking as a result people disable them. If you have a problem smoke alarm then get an optical type costs more but do the job.
Smoke alarms are there as a safety thing but quite often fitted in the wrong place so go off from cooking as a result people disable them. If you have a problem smoke alarm then get an optical type costs more but do the job. hoppie
  • Score: 1

7:57pm Fri 25 Oct 13

Sensible Man says...

Hey whateverhappened -

We need to stop all immigration NOW and then stop all the feckless chavs having any more than two kids - look at China - probably the most rapid economy growth in the world and they have a ONE child policy. Well done Mr. and Mrs. Chinese people - we need that here!!! Wake up Cameron and Miliband - you strange people. The only worse people are the shoebox building filth - KICK THEM INTO TOUCH - THE GREEDY SCUM FILTH!!!!

ENGLAND IS FULL!!!!
Hey whateverhappened - We need to stop all immigration NOW and then stop all the feckless chavs having any more than two kids - look at China - probably the most rapid economy growth in the world and they have a ONE child policy. Well done Mr. and Mrs. Chinese people - we need that here!!! Wake up Cameron and Miliband - you strange people. The only worse people are the shoebox building filth - KICK THEM INTO TOUCH - THE GREEDY SCUM FILTH!!!! ENGLAND IS FULL!!!! Sensible Man
  • Score: 0

11:23am Sat 26 Oct 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Alarming news.
Alarming news. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 1

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