Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to push the button on their smoke alarms as they change their clocks this weekend.
"When you change your clocks, test your smoke alarm - or help somebody less able to test theirs.
Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ian Sloss
The Service launched its ‘Push the Button’ campaign earlier in the month, to encourage residents to test their smoke alarm on a weekly basis.
Statistics reveal more accidental house fires take place during winter than at any other time of year. Last year six people died following fires in their homes which involved heating devices. Desperate to avoid such incidents the Service wants to raise awareness of fire safety amongst Staffordshire’s residents and encourage everyone to make sure their smoke alarms work.
Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ian Sloss, said: "When you change your clocks, test your smoke alarm - or help somebody less able to test theirs. It only takes a minute and could save lives. A working smoke alarm gives you those precious few minutes extra warning of a fire, making it more likely for you to be able to get out of the house safely.
"We urge people to test their smoke alarms on a weekly basis and if they don’t work, call us on 0800 0241 999 to book a free Home Fire Risk Check and we will come out and fit new ones for free."
A home fire risk check involves a member of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service visiting your home to give fire safety advice and fitting equipment such as smoke alarms to ensure you are safer in your home. The freephone number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999 and on ringing you will be able to arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit to take place. All staff carry an I.D card. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.
Tips on staying safe this winter:-
Unplug your electric blanket before you get into bed – unless it has a thermostat control for safe all-night use.
Always position heaters so the back of the heater is against the wall and is facing the room.
Keep portable heaters clear from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes.
Make sure candles are in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire such as curtains.
Put candles out when you leave the room and ensure they are completely out when going to bed.
Sweep the chimney before use if you haven’t used it for some time.
Always keep a fire guard in front of an open fire.
Push the button on your smoke alarms on a weekly basis to ensure they work