Time to test your smoke alarms says county Fire Service

Advice from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue EMN-140303-125659001
Advice from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue EMN-140303-125659001

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is calling on people to check that their smoke alarm works when the clocks go back this weekend.

‘Tick, tock, test’ is the message from the service as they urge residents to test their smoke detectors at the same time as changing their clocks.

The appeals comes after figures show that last year, crews responded to 361 house fires and in 19% of homes there wasn’t a working smoke alarm.

Four people died during this time and in one case, there wasn’t a working device.

Karl Turrill, Community Fire Safety Manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, says: “You’re more than four times as likely to die in a fire if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm.

“They are cheap, easy to fit, and if there was a fire in your home it gives you time to escape.

“However, it isn’t going to help you if it is faulty or the battery has ran out, so please test your alarm when the clocks go back, and give you and your family a fighting chance.”

Top tips for smoke alarms

*You need a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home.

*Press the button and test your smoke alarms once a week.

*Change the battery at least once per year unless it is a sealed device.

*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 inside to remove dust from the sensors. If it doesn’t open, vacuum through the holes.

*Offer your help to your friends and relatives over the age of 65.

*Need some help? For a free Home Fire Safety Check, phone 01522 580397 or email hfsc@lincoln.fire-uk.org.