Most children under 10 will NOT be woken up by a smoke alarm, shocking report warns

Most children under 10 will NOT be woken up by a smoke alarm, shocking report warns

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MOST kids under 10 will NOT be woken up if a smoke alarm goes off in the night, a shocking report has warned.

BBC Watchdog carried out a test on eight sleeping children aged between 16 months to 10 years old – but only ONE woke up.

The investigation sparked calls for alarm manufacturers to warn parents that their products won’t wake kids
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And the child who did manage to wake sleepily got out of bed to grab a teddy – before going back to sleep.

The investigation sparked calls for alarm manufacturers to warn parents that their products won’t wake kids.

Mum-of-two Jo Leigh – whose two kids slept through the test – said: “It is absolutely essential that the packaging makes parents aware that the smoke alarm might not wake your children up.”

One solution could be a smoke alarm that combines a high-frequency alarm that wakes the adults, with a separate voice recording playing in the kids’ room.

A voice device was tested on the same kids by the Watchdog team – and six out of ten got up.


Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service investigator Dave Coss carried out testing on 664 children in conjunction with the University of Dundee.

But only 28 per cent woke up when it started beeping.

He said: “Currently, in legislation, one smoke alarm fits all.

“So there’s no requirement to make a separate one for children or a separate one for adults.”


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