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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters team up with footballing heroes for safety campaign

10/10/2013

Firefighters are teaming up with Stoke City Football Club legends as part of a high profile safety campaign.

"It is absolutely vital that people regularly check that their smoke alarms are working – they could literally save your life. As part of this year’s initiative we are encouraging people to do a good deed and test the smoke alarms of vulnerable and older relatives, friends and neighbours." 

Prevent Manager Donna Broadhead

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to regularly ‘Push the Button’ on their smoke alarms to make sure that they work.

Veteran players Terry Conroy, John Ruggiero, Harry Burrows, Brendan O’Callaghan and Mike McDonald feature alongside 84-year-old Harold Brown in a video to promote the initiative.

They ex-players visited Mr Brown’s Blurton home to test that his smoke detectors were in good working order.

The short film, which also features top fire safety tips, will be officially launched at the home game against West Bromwich Albion on October 19.

The ‘Push the Button’ campaign is now in its fifth year and is driven by the fact that although nine out 10 households have smoke alarms, a shocking seven out of 10 don’t test them.

Donna Broadhead, Prevent Manager for the north of the county, said: “The game is a great opportunity for us to get our ‘Push the Button’ message out to a massive audience and we are delighted that Stoke City Football Club is supporting our campaign.

“It is absolutely vital that people regularly check that their smoke alarms are working – they could literally save your life. As part of this year’s initiative we are encouraging people to do a good deed and test the smoke alarms of vulnerable and older relatives, friends and neighbours.

“There are a number of ways to make sure you remember to test your smoke alarms on a weekly basis – perhaps the best way would be to subscribe to our email updates. If you sign up, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will send you a weekly email as a reminder. Alternatively, you could tie it in with a regular event or activity so that you won’t forget.”

Visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/pushthebutton.asp to subscribe for a reminder.

People are also being encouraged to book a free Home Fire Risk Check by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999. This involves firefighters or technicians visiting your home to fit smoke alarms, identify any fire risks and discuss fire safety.