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Lichfield Residents Urged to Push the Button

Lichfield residents visiting Argos in the city were quizzed on their smoke alarms yesterday as part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Push the Button day 2011.

"The results from our survey with members of the public yesterday reflect our Push the Button campaign statistics – the majority of people have smoke alarms but they don’t test them."

Lichfield Risk Reduction Officer, James Hettihewa-Young

Push the Button freebies were given out to shoppers and they were asked questions about fire safety including ‘do you have working smoke alarms,’ ‘do you test them’ and ‘do you have a home escape plan.’

Of the 60 people asked, 85% said they had smoke alarms however a shocking 70% admitted they don’t test them regularly and weren’t sure if they worked.

Lichfield Risk Reduction Officer, James Hettihewa-Young said: "The results from our survey with members of the public yesterday reflect our Push the Button campaign statistics – the majority of people have smoke alarms but they don’t test them.

"We were offering free Home Fire Risk Checks yesterday, in particular to those who stated they didn’t know if their smoke alarms worked or not because they don’t test them. 35 people booked their free Home Fire Risk Check with us yesterday and a lot of people took away referral cards.

"Testing your smoke alarms is essential because if they don’t work they’re useless and if you do have a fire, you won’t get the potentially life-saving early warning."

Shoppers were also asked if they had a home escape plan however half of the people asked said they didn’t and admitted they wouldn’t know what to do in the event of a fire.

James added: "During a free Home Fire Risk Check we ask people what their escape plan is and talk them through the best options for them. The Home Fire Risk Check also gives people to opportunity to ask us any questions and we can address any concerns they may have about fire safety in the home."

Anyone who would like to book a free Home Fire Risk check can call 0800 0241 999 or book online at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp.

The Push the Button video has now seen over 60,000 hits on YouTube and the official Push the Button app for android is available to download now.