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Free smoke alarms: a fire officer responds

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:165
  1. Roger Greet (, deputy chief fire officer
  1. Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1FB

    EDITOR—As a professional fire officer I read with interest the article and ongoing debate on the issue of free smoke detectors and the suggested outcomes from the research.1 One element perhaps overlooked in the debate is ownership, which has two components.

    The first is the gift of the smoke detector itself. Being given one doesn't bring with it the same sense of ownership as working for and buying one. It would not be appropriate …

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