Residents in Merseyside are urged to test their smoke alarms when they put their clocks back at the weekend.

New figures revealed that in a third of accidental house fires attended by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service since January 1, 2012, there were no smoke alarms present.

There have been 3067 accidental house fires on Merseyside since January 1, 2012. In 1054 of those incidents, there were no smoke alarms present and in 22 incidents, the batteries had been removed from the smoke alarms.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in partnership with the Fire Kills campaign, is urging people to test their smoke alarms when they put their clocks back on October 26.

In March 2014 nearly one in seven people tested their smoke alarms when they put their clocks forward. This autumn Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service aims to encourage even more people to test their alarms.

The elderly are particularly vulnerable and people are urged to help older relatives and neighbours to test their smoke alarms.

Last year nationally more than half of the 213 fire deaths in the home were caused by smoke inhalation.

Everyone can join the pledge to Tick Tock Test, to help keep themselves and their family safe in their homes. People can pledge to Tick Tock Test by joining the Fire Kills page on Facebook or clicking on the Tick Tock Test adverts online and on mobile phones.

Kevin Johnson, MF&RS Home Safety Manager, said: “A working smoke alarm can give you the valuable seconds needed to escape a house fire.
“People are at least four times more likely to die if they don’t have a working smoke alarm, so taking the time to test smoke alarms could be a life-saving decision.”

The new Fire Kills campaign focuses on the deadly effect of smoke – engulfing innocent victims as they sleep.

Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt added: “The simple act of pressing a button and testing the smoke alarms in your home could be the difference between life and death. On clock change weekend, when you turn back the clocks in your home I urge everyone to Tick Tock Test their smoke alarms too. It takes very little extra time and could well be a life saver.
“At the last clock change nearly one in seven people reached for the test button and I hope that this October many more do the same, not just in their own homes but in the homes of those they know and love who might find it difficult to test for themselves.

“I want to see thousands of responsible householders pledging to test – and then doing it over the weekend of October 25 to 26. Let’s save more lives.”

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