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18043 – Battery powered smoke alarms fitted – 2016-2017 / 2017-2018

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A request for information about the number of battery powered smoke alarms have your brigade fitted in the years Jan 2016-2017 / 2017-2018 – 18043


Ref: FOI/18043


I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 12th March 2018.

Please find below a summary of our findings.


I have been compiling a study since 2014 of the number of domestic battery powered smoke alarms that were fitted by the brigade authorities and the number that failed in the same year since 2014.

Statistics received from that period had shown a failure of smoke alarms fitted by brigade authorities at approximately 10%

Would it be possible for your brigades to once again provide the relative information under the freedom of information Act 2000 to the questions below, to enable this study to be updated please.

The number of battery powered smoke alarms have your brigade fitted in the years Jan 2016-2017 / 2017-2018


2016 = 23,378

2017 = 24, 058


The number of battery powered smoke alarms were returned faulty that were fitted in those years.


This information is exempt under section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as we do not record this information


The type of alarms your brigade are fitting ie: 10 years alarms or replacement battery alarms


10 year alarms


Have you a dedicated team to install the smoke alarms or your fire crews when they carry out their Home Safety Checks


Operational crews fit alarms.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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