A timely reminder to check your smoke alarm

 Smoke alarm testAvon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is supporting a campaign to encourage people to check their smoke alarms when the clocks go back this weekend.

A new hard-hitting national advertising campaign, launched last week, is urging householders to test their alarms when they are resetting clocks and timers on Sunday 30 October. 

Station Manager Stuart Matthews, AF&RS Community Safety: “A smoke alarm will buy you and your loved ones vital seconds to get out of the house in the event of a fire. However it can only save your life if it is working.

“You are more than four times as likely to die in a fire if your smoke alarm is not working, however nationally just half of all householders who own a smoke alarm say that they test it on a regular basis.

“When you’re changing clocks this weekend we’re just asking that you take an extra few minutes to test your smoke alarm at the same time. Such a quick and simple chore could literally save your life one day.”

“We know that some people find smoke alarms frustrating if they go off when they burn the toast, but if you’ve taken the batteries out of an alarm in your home, make today the day you replace it. A little inconvenience is a price worth paying if that alarm means you escape from a fire.”

The national Fire Kills campaign is being supported by a film on You Tube and radio advertising. You can view the film by following this link.

The warning comes after a smoke alarm played its part in saving the life of a woman rescued from a flat fire in Weston-super-Mare.

Crews were alerted to the fire on Shelley Road after neighbours heard the smoke alarm activating. Firefighters in breathing apparatus broke into the smoke-filled ground floor flat and found a female asleep inside. She was rescued and taken to hospital suffering from minor smoke inhalation, however had it not been for the smoke alarm alerting neighbours the consequences could have been much more serious.

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:

●        Make sure you fit a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them regularly.

●        Make testing your smoke alarm part of your weekly household routine. Check the alarm by pressing the button.

●        Never remove the battery from your alarm.

●        Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and practise your escape route.

●        If you have a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.