Fire Service installs free smoke detectors

Acting senior divisional officer in the Fire Prevention Unit, Brevon Elliott, installs a free smoke detector in a home in Bodden Town.
Acting senior divisional officer in the Fire Prevention Unit, Brevon Elliott, installs a free smoke detector in a home in Bodden Town.

The Fire Service recently installed free smoke detectors in a number of homes on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac as part of its fire prevention and safety awareness drive.

Fire Services officers also replaced dead batteries in the homes of five elderly people across the Cayman Islands, including the George Town home of 103-year-old Lillian Pearson.

Brevon Elliott, acting senior divisional officer in the Fire Prevention Unit, said it is essential for all homes to have smoke detectors that are in good working condition. It’s the law, he said, but it could also mean the difference between life and death.

“Remember, smoke detectors are the first line of defense should a fire start in your home,” Mr. Elliott said in a press release. “They should not be tampered with, but remain at all times in good working order.”

People often forget to replace dead batteries or disable smoke detectors when they cook and forget to turn them back on, the Fire Service noted.

Smoke detectors can be installed 10 feet from kitchens to prevent them going off unnecessarily, but they will still go off when a fire occurs in the kitchen.

The Fire Service advises the public to install smoke detectors inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area of a home, and to install a smoke detector on every level of a home. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years and tested at least once a month, which is easily done by pressing the test button on the device.

Mr. Elliott said the fire service will continue to promote fire prevention throughout the year.
“As we know all too well, a little prevention goes a long way.”

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