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Parents urged not to ‘borrow’ smoke alarm batteries to try out toys

23/12/2013

Parents are being urged not to ‘borrow’ batteries from smoke alarms to try out new toys on Christmas Day.

"While it may be tempting to 'borrow' the batteries to try out a new toy I would urge people not to do so. With all of the potential fire hazards that go hand in hand with the celebrations, including extra cooking, Christmas tree lights, candles and wrapping paper, it isn’t worth the risk." 

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj

Many children and young people will be un-wrapping a whole host of electronic gadgets and often batteries are forgotten during the festive shopping trip.

But Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people that they could be putting their lives, and that of their family, at risk if they raid their smoke detectors.

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: "It is absolutely vital that smoke alarms are in good working order at all times and particularly so during the Christmas period when people tend to be at home more than usual, cooking and enjoying a drink with family and friends. Statistics show that more accidental fires happen in December than at any other time of year and we want people to protect themselves.

"While it may be tempting to 'borrow' the batteries to try out a new toy I would urge people not to do so. With all of the potential fire hazards that go hand in hand with the celebrations, including extra cooking, Christmas tree lights, candles and wrapping paper, it isn’t worth the risk.

"Also, if you can, think of older or vulnerable neighbours, relatives or friends and ensure that their smoke alarms are operational. It could end up saving lives."