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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Spring into action to test your smoke alarm

21/03/2017

Testing a smoke alarm
Community Support Officer Lydia Hooley testing a smoke alarm with a resident

Staffordshire residents are urged to spring into action to ‘Push the Button’ on their smoke alarm when they put their clocks forward this weekend (Sunday 26 March).

“Inhaling just a small amount of toxic smoke from a fire can kill you. Smoke alarms give you vital time to get out and can make all the difference to surviving a fire. Sadly, smoke is responsible for more than half of all deaths in accidental house fires."

Community Support Officer Lydia Hooley

The ‘Push the Button’ campaign, which was launched back in 2011, encourages people to test their smoke detectors on a regular basis.

Residents are also being asked to test the smoke alarms of older or vulnerable friends, relatives or neighbours to help keep them safe too.

Statistics show that people are four times more likely to die in their home if they do not have a working smoke alarm. Almost 75 per cent of those who die in house fires are aged 65 or over.

Community Support Officer Lydia Hooley said: “Inhaling just a small amount of toxic smoke from a fire can kill you. Smoke alarms give you vital time to get out and can make all the difference to surviving a fire. Sadly, smoke is responsible for more than half of all deaths in accidental house fires.

“There have been a number of incidents in Staffordshire where people have been alerted to a fire in their property thanks to their smoke alarms activating. The consequences could have been a lot worse if their detectors were not working, it really is that simple.

“We strongly urge people to check their smoke detectors when they put their clocks forward this weekend. It could save your life and your family’s life.

“You can even sign up for a weekly email reminder to test your smoke alarms, simply go to http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/pushthebutton.asp and follow the prompts to subscribe.”