This letter was provided by Maurice and family after their home caught fire in Upper Hutt last February. Although it is never pleasant to hear of these type of events, we were happy and proud that our CAVIUS smoke alarms played a part in ensuring the occupant survived and damage to the home was minimised. Thank you Maurice for letting us share your story.
8th March 2016
On February 29th of this year we sadly experienced a small house ﬁre in one of our bedrooms on our top ﬂoor. There are 5 bedrooms on this level. We host international students and our daughter and our granddaughter along with ourselves all sleep on this level.
Luckily this ﬁre was during the day and the only person at home was our daughter, she was downstairs having lunch. The ﬁre was in her room. At approximately 1:00pm she was alerted to the ﬁre by a smoke alarm sounding off. By the time she realised what was happening another alarm was squawking. She ran to the bottom of the stairs and saw smoke at ceiling level, she should have really called the ﬁre department, but ran upstairs to investigate, her bedroom door was open along with her windows and the very slight breeze was pushing the smoke further into the house.
On entering her room her curtains were alight along with bedding and the ﬂames were licking the ceiling. Our daughter did not panic but (some would say) stupidly fought the ﬁre with water and managed to extinguish the ﬁre. I had recently installed Cavius Smoke Alarms to all our bedrooms and we ﬁrmly believe that if we had not taken these steps the ﬁre would have been greater, with the possibility of a total loss.
There were other smoke alarms in the hall way, but by placing these modern nonintrusive Cavius alarms in the bedrooms we have received an early indication of ﬁre. And they are very loud. The ﬁre was caused by a pedestal fan that was going, the power cord of this fan burst into ﬂames.
We intend to now install Cavius Smoke Alarms to all our downstairs rooms. They are such a small cost to protect your largest investment.
Bedroom Smoke Alarms Saved Precious Seconds
Like most homes, smoke alarms are placed in the hallway. Maurice had also installed smoke alarms in the bedrooms and this turned out to be one of the best decisions he could have ever made. Because of this decision, his daughter was alerted much earlier to the electrical fire that had started in her bedroom upstairs. The significance of being alerted within 60 seconds between 120 seconds is hard to emphasis enough.
You can watch this video by the New Zealand Fire Service that shows just how fast a fire can spread. There is simply no comparison between a fire alight for 60 seconds and one that has been burning for 120 seconds.