As part of their
regular campaign, the Government is urging people across the county to test their smoke alarms monthly and is suggesting a good time to start is when they put their clocks forward this weekend (Sunday 25 March).
For many people testing
smoke alarms is often low on their list of priorities and most people think that a fire will never break out in their home but you’re at least four times more likely to die in a fire in your home if you do not have a working smoke alarm.
A simple push of the ‘test’ button only takes seconds, so make sure it’s added to your spring to-do list as it could save your life and the lives of family, friends and neighbours – especially older people who need help testing. Sadly, over half of all people who die in fires in the home are aged 65 or over.
Smoke is responsible for over half of all deaths in accidental fires in homes. A working smoke alarm is the best way to make sure you have enough time to get out, stay out and dial 999.