An extra hour - time to think 'smoke alarms'

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Everyone will have a little more time on their hands this weekend when the clocks go back – so why not take some time to think about fire safety.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is urging people to take some simple steps to ensure that they have a safe winter.

First and foremost, householders are being urged to test their smoke alarms when they are re-setting their clocks on Sunday (28 October).

Station Manager Stuart Matthews, AF&RS Community Safety, said: “A smoke alarm will buy you and your loved ones vital seconds to get out of the house if there is a fire.

“It really could make the difference between life or death. But a smoke alarm can only save your life if it is working properly.

“You are more than four times as likely to die in a fire if your smoke alarm is not working.

“Yet statistics have shown that, nationally, only half of all householders who own a smoke alarm say that they test it on a regular basis.

“Our advice is that when you’re changing your clocks this weekend, just 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 all get frustrated sometimes when smoke alarms go off every time your burn the toast, but if you take the batteries out of the alarm, you are putting everyone at risk.

“A minor inconvenience is a small price to pay if that alarm means you get enough warning to safely escape from a fire; and at least you know that your alarm is working!

“So make this the time that you replace those batteries and improve the safety of yourself and everyone else in your household.”