Published: December 13, 2011
Spider's cobweb blamed for fire alert at Burnham-On-Sea home!

A spider's web caused an unusual call-out for Burnham-On-Sea firefighters on Monday (December 12th).

One fire crew rushed to a property in The Grove at 4.25pm after its fire alarm sounded.

"The building was checked over by the crews, but no trace of a fire was found. On inspecting the fire alarm, it's thought that a spider's web on a sensor caused the incident," fire spokesman Paul Slavin told

"Smoke detectors rely on sensitive sensors to detect changes in air quality, temperature or light. Over time, dust and spider webs might build up in the smoke detector and interfere with the sensors."

"A smoke detector might go off because the debris simulates smoke or fire in the eye of the detector. Our advice is to clean off cobwebs and dust on a regular basis."


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