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PUBLISHED: 14:29 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:51 25 August 2010

SIX out of 10 people who died in fires last year had no smoke alarm fitted in their home.

SIX out of 10 people who died in fires last year had no smoke alarm fitted in their home.

Bexley borough commander for London Fire Brigade (LFB), Cyril O'Brien, issued a warning after figures showed that in the last three years, 133 died across the capital and more than 2,700 were seriously injured.

Mr O'Brien said: "It's simply not acceptable that there are still Londoners who don't have smoke alarms in their homes. They only cost about £5 and could save your life if a fire breaks out.

"There is nothing more devastating for firefighters than to find out that someone has died or been seriously injured because a fire broke out as they slept.

"Smoke and fumes won't wake you up. It's exactly the opposite as a few breaths of smoke can cause you to lose consciousness.

"In Bexley, a lot of fires in the home start in the kitchen, so take extra care and never leave your cooking unattended as it can easily catch fire.

"If you're cooking with hot oil you should also be careful as the oil can spill over and catch fire.

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