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Smoke alarms should be fitted in bedrooms as our new figures show that bedroom blazes are at the highest level for five years.
The research, released in National Bed Month, shows that there were 12 bedroom fires a week in London.
We're urging people to fit smoke alarms in all bedrooms to give a vital early warning if a fire starts.
The new figures also reveal that nearly half of all bedroom fires last year were caused by smoking or candles. A quarter (24.6 per cent) of all bedroom fires in 2018 were caused by matches or candles and a fifth (20.7 percent) by smoking. Electrical equipment was also a common cause.
London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly said:
“Homes need multiple smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or heaters; any room where you smoke, and anywhere you charge your mobile or laptop.
"As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor - in the hallways and in the rooms you use the most, plus a heat alarm in the kitchen.
“There are a number of other things you can do to keep your home and bedroom as safe from fire as possible, including never leaving candles unattended and never smoke in bed.”
The figures also show in London last year: