Will you be checking your smoke alarm this weekend?

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is supporting a national campaign to encourage people to check their smoke alarms when the clocks go forward at the weekend.

A new hard-hitting national advertising campaign is urging householders to test their alarms when they are resetting clocks and timers on Sunday 25 March. 

Last year in the UK 188 people died and 4,106 were injured at fires in homes where there was no smoke detector or where a detector didn’t operate.

A video has been posted on YouTube which is supported by a series of radio adverts urging people to remember to check their smoke alarms this weekend.

Station Manager Rob Edwards, 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 them. 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