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Firefighters urge people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks
As people change their clocks tonight, firefighters are urging members of the public to test their smoke alarms as well.
People without a working smoke alarm in their houses are four times more likely to die in a house fire.
Having an alarm could buy families enough time to get out the house and call 999.
To reduce fatalities, Hertfordshire Fire Service is running a ‘Tick, Tock Test’ campaign to encourage people to test their alarms when the clocks go back.
Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher said Tick, Tock, Test was easy to remember and linked changing clocks to testing smoke alarm.
He said: “Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order.
“Whether the battery is flat, has been used for a child’s toy or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test.
“And, as over half the people who died in home fires last year were 65 years old or above, this is also a perfect opportunity to test alarms for older relatives who might find it hard to reach their alarms but are at greater risk.”
Throughout the UK there were 197 house fire deaths last year with over 70 per cent not being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm.
Hertfordshire County Councillor Richard Thake, who has responsibility for community safety, said: “Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work.
"By pushing the ‘test’ button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest – children, parents and friends alike.”
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