A new year resolution to save your life

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ALONGSIDE promises to get fit and lose weight, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is urging people to make installing a smoke alarm one of their top new year resolutions.

Fire prevention experts say this important life-saving act should be at the front of everyone’s minds.

Over the past year, the fire and rescue service was called out to 388 house fires – smoke alarms were not fitted in around a third of them, putting the residents at a much greater risk, and of those that did have an alarm, 18 per cent didn’t work because the batteries were faulty or had been removed.

“You’re more than four times as likely to die in a fire if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm,” said Sean Taylor, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s group manager for prevention and protection.

“Smoke alarms are the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you precious time to escape. And they’re cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.

“Even if you already have one, it’s vital to regularly check that it still works.

“Not many new year resolutions could save your life but this is one of them.”

To discuss concerns or for a free home fire safety check, call 01522 582222 and ask for the Community Safety Department.

Alternatively email HFSC@lincoln.fire-uk.org .