Staffordshire residents are being urged to sign up to an initiative that will send them regular email reminders to ‘Push the Button’.
"It is absolutely vital that every home is fitted with working smoke alarms. We have seen a number of examples in Staffordshire during the last few weeks where people have escaped house fires because their smoke detectors have been activated. If they had not gone off, the consequences could have taken a tragic turn."
Community Safety Lead Stephanie Court
The fire service is not only backing the national campaign which encourages people to test their smoke alarms on the first of the month but is going one step further.
It is offering people the chance to receive a weekly reminder to test their smoke detectors. Simply input your email address into the following webpage - http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/pushthebutton.asp - and you will automatically be sent a message.
The scheme takes just seconds to join and could have life-saving consequences. Research shows that people are four times more likely to die in a fire at home if they don’t have any working smoke alarms.
Nearly 70 per cent of people who died in house fires in England during 2012/2013 were not alerted by a smoke detector. A common cause was that their alarm was not working because the batteries were flat or missing.
Community Safety Lead Stephanie Court said: "It is absolutely vital that every home is fitted with working smoke alarms. We have seen a number of examples in Staffordshire during the last few weeks where people have escaped house fires because their smoke detectors have been activated. If they had not gone off, the consequences could have taken a tragic turn.
"There are lots of ways that people can remind themselves to ‘Push the Button’ including tying it in with a favourite television programme or a weekly shopping trip. However, we would strongly recommend people sign up to our email initiative so that they know for sure that they will receive a regular reminder automatically. It only takes a few seconds to sign up to the service but it could literally save your life."
People can book a free Home Fire Risk Check where crew members or trained technicians visit every room in a property and look for potential fire hazards. They also speak to residents about their everyday behaviour in the home and, using this information, try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire.
People are being encouraged to book a HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp