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Smoke detectors still absent in many homes in Latvia

One year has passed since the requirement to install smoke detection devices in each household. The situation has not changed much, State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) told Latvian Radio January 4.

In a third of the homes where fires have occurred, this requirement has not been met, said VUGD. 

Most commonly, the presence or absence of a smoke detector was recorded this year precisely in fire accidents, since inspections were not possible during the emergency.

Therefore, the residential sector is planned to be tested more next year, said Agrita Vītola, the service representative.

“It doesn't mean that inspectors will go to punish people, but to inform and remind them to take care of their own safety. Inspectors generally warn of an inspection. Of course, we also go through unplanned inspections, if a complaint has been received,” said Vītola.

Since January 1, 2020, it has been legally mandatory for all homes to install smoke detectors. Cheaper models are available for purchase for prices from five to 60 euros, while more expensive models can even send warning notifications to mobile phones. Detectors need to be regularly tested and have their batteries changed.

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