Smoke alarm alerts occupants to fire in child's bedroom at 4.30am

Wed 5 Apr, 2017

A smoke alarm alerted the occupants of a house to a fire in a young girl's bedroom early this morning.

Crews from Beaconsfield and High Wycombe were called to the fire in Reynolds Road, Beaconsfield, at about 4.30am. It started in a bedside light and was starting to fill the room with smoke when a smoke alarm on the landing woke the girl, her sister, her mother and her grandmother.

Watch Commander Neil Bressington from Beaconsfield Fire Station said: "Had there not been a working smoke alarm in this house, the possible consequences do not bear thinking about."

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus removed the bedside light, which had started to melt and damage a bedside table, and fitted more smoke alarms in the house.

The girl and her grandmother were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke.

Neil is urging people who do not have smoke alarms to fit at least one on every level of their home, and to test them once a month.

He offered these tips:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home. The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or in a hallway or landing.
  • Consider fitting alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances, and near sleeping areas.
  • Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.
  • If any of your smoke alarms have a one-year battery, make sure it is changed every year. Only take the battery out when you need to replace it.
  • Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years as the mechanism gradually deteriorates.
  • Don’t forget to test your smoke alarms at least once a month.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service will carry out a free safety check in your home, fitting free smoke alarms where they are needed. To book one of these checks, ring 01296 744477 or email