With Fire Prevention Week now upon us, Honeywell’s Home Safety business is reminding installers of the importance of ensuring homeowners are adequately protected against the dangers of fire and smoke.

According to government figures, fire crews attended more than 160,000 fire incidents in 2015/16, which resulted in more than 7,000 casualties. While this represents a reduction on previous years, fire is still a very real threat within the home.

Installers, however, are well placed to advise homeowners on preventative measures, such as the correct siting of high-quality, sealed smoke and heat alarms, to ensure that they have enough time to evacuate the building in the event of a fire.

“It’s vital that every home has active, reliable smoke alarms, as well as a heat alarm in areas prone to fast-flaming fires, such as the kitchen,” explained Adrian Keats, National Account Manager at Honeywell Home Safety.

“We all like to think that the worst would not happen to us, but the reality is that each year thousands of people are injured in fire-related incidents. The best way to avoid casualties is to make sure an adequate system of alarms is in place to warn homeowners in the case of an emergency.

“Installers are well placed to advise on alarms when they are already in a property, and the alarm itself can be a good upsell on top of the work you are already doing for the customer. This means that not only can you help to protect the families you visit, you can boost your business at the same time.”