Test your smoke alarms when the clocks go back

Thu, 16/10/2014

When you turn your clocks back on the weekend of the 25 to 26 October 2014 why not test your smoke alarms too.

Last year over half of fire deaths in the home were caused by smoke inhalation. Working smoke alarms can give the wake-up call you need to escape, so why not link the two chores together.

In most house fires, smoke alarms were either not installed or did not go off due to a missing or flat battery. A simple push of the test button and you can test both the power supply and detection mechanism.

You can pledge to test your smoke alarm with the clock change on the Fire Kills Facebook page.

Test for others

Over half the people who died in fires in the home last year were 65 years old or over. So after testing your alarm remember to test for a family member or neighbour who might need help testing theirs. The few seconds it takes to test could provide a few valuable minutes for loved ones to escape safely.

For more information visit the Fire kills website, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

Last updated: 8 September 2017
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