The clocks go back this weekend and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are encouraging everyone to take part in ‘Tick,Tock, Test.’
Last year in the UK, 197 people died in fires in the home - and 70 per cent of those were not alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm.
Plus, without a working smoke alarm, you’re more than four times as likely to die in a fire in the home.
Even if you already have a smoke alarm, it’s essential that you test the battery regularly to ensure it works; only a working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999.
But it’s a chore many people often forget to do - which is why Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Fire Kills are asking people to test their smoke alarms as part of their routine when they change their clocks on October 27.
“When you’re changing your clocks this October, remember these three simple words: tick, tock, test,” said Community Fire Safety (CFS) Manager Debbie Robinson.
“Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s harder to tell when a smoke alarm has stopped working.
“But by pushing the ‘test’ button on every smoke alarm in your home, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest - children, parents and friends alike.”
And here is a list of our top tips regarding smoke alarms:
Make sure you have a smoke alarm installed on each floor of your home
Press the button and test your smoke alarms at least once per week
Change the battery at least once per year (unless it is a 10 year alarm)
Never remove the batteries for use in anything else, like remote controls or children’s toys
Twice a year open the case and gently vacuum the inside using the soft-brush attachment to remove dust from the sensors. If it doesn’t open, vacuum through the holes.
Over half of those who died in home fires last year were over the age of 65; so help older friends or relatives test theirs regularly too.
Need some help? For a free Home Fire Safety Check, phone 01522 580397 or email HFSC@lincoln.fire-uk.org.