Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to make a date with fire safety and to ‘Push the Button’ on their smoke alarms.
“Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke from a house fire can leave you unconscious and unable to escape which is why you need to do everything possible to stack the odds in favour of you and your loved ones."
Station Manager Dez Stoddart
The Service is launching ‘Push the Button’ calendar and diary stickers which can be placed on one day each month, to remind residents to test their alarms throughout the year.
The campaign is driven by the fact that although nine out of 10 households have smoke alarms fitted a disappointing seven out of 10 don’t test them.
Station Manager Dez Stoddart said: “Just two to three breaths of toxic smoke from a house fire can leave you unconscious and unable to escape which is why you need to do everything possible to stack the odds in favour of you and your loved ones.
“A smoke alarm can buy you the valuable time you need to escape a house fire, which is why it is important to ensure your smoke alarms work. We’d urge people to use the stickers as reminders in their diaries and calendars so they don’t forget to test their alarms regularly.
“Testing a smoke alarm is quick, simple to do and can ultimately save your life.”
To raise awareness of the ‘Push the Button’ campaign the Service recorded its own version of the ‘Sugababes’ number one hit single ‘Push the Button’ with accompanying music video.
The video became an instant You Tube hit receiving almost 70,000 views. The video can be viewed by searching “Staffordshire Fire Push the Button” into YouTube or by visiting the Push the Button campaign area of the Service’s website at: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/pushthebutton.asp.
To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999. You can also book online at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.