Check Smoke Alarms As Clocks Go Back

As people put their clocks back this weekend they are also urged to test their smoke alarm.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is calling on people to “push the button” and test their alarm when they put their clocks back on Sunday, October 29.

Residents are also advised that smoke alarms should be tested on a weekly basis.

The message is part of the Fire Kills Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by fires in homes.

A third of the dwellings that suffered accidental fires in Merseyside last year did not have an alarm.

In 2011, there were 371 accidental dwelling fires at homes that did not have smoke alarms.

There were also 197 fires at homes in which the alarm did not activate because the alarms were in the wrong place, were defective or because the battery had been removed.

People just have to push the button on the alarm to check if it is working. Checking smoke alarms regularly can save lives.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Watch Manager Mark Jones, said: “We are urging people to check their smoke alarm is working when they put their clocks back this weekend.

“Without a smoke alarm, you are six times more likely to die in a house fire. A working alarm can alert people to the danger and give them the valuable seconds to escape.”

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