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Lose Some Sleep but Save a Life

Lose Some Sleep but Save a Life

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to make a potentially life-saving move when they change their clocks this weekend on Sunday 25 March – by taking a moment to test their smoke alarms too.

"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"

Glynn Luznyj, Head of Risk Reduction

A hard hitting Fire Kills advertising campaign will remind people that there’s more at stake than the noise when you forget to test your smoke alarm - with a tagline stating “We all lose an hour’s sleep this weekend – make sure you don’t lose a lot more.”

A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999 however statistics show that although nine out of ten people own a smoke alarm, seven out of those ten don’t test it to check that it’s working.

You’re four times more likely to die in a fire if your smoke alarm is not working, so it’s clear that the simple act of testing your alarm is a vital part of any household routine.

Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj 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 removed for a kid’s toy or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test their smoke alarm.  

“While losing that extra hours sleep on Sunday 25 March may not be appealing, turning the clocks forward will already be on the majority of UK households’ ‘to-do’ lists.  We all keep our clocks working and ensure that they stay on track so it’s shocking that many people forget to do the simplest of tests to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones. 

“Testing your smoke alarm could save you from losing a lot more than an hours sleep so as you put your clocks forward around Sunday 25 March, take an extra moment to push the button – it could save your life.”

Help keep you and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:

  • A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999. Make sure you fit one on every level of your home and test them regularly.
  • Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine. Test the alarm by pressing the button regularly and clean the alarm casing twice a year to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor.
  • Whatever happens, never remove the battery in your smoke alarm.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and practise your escape route.

If you want an extra nudge to test your smoke alarm regularly, try setting an automatic reminder. Safelincs, in partnership with Fire Kills campaign has created a free service that reminds you, by email or text, when it’s time to test your smoke alarm, change the battery or renew the unit. The service is completely free and can be cancelled at any time. www.safelincs.co.uk/reminders

Residents are also being encouraged to view Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s ‘Push the Button’ video. The video is based on the Sugababes number one hit single ‘Push the Button’ and features local firefighters reminding people to check their smoke alarms. The video, which has attracted over 77,000 hits, can be viewed on YouTube or the Service’s website.