Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is asking residents to give their smoke alarms a spring clean and check that it works as the clocks go forward, on Sunday, March 29.
As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, firefighters across the county are also encouraging people to check the alarms of older family members, neighbour’s or friends who need help, which could give them a better chance of surviving a fire.
Last year, over 200 people died in fires in the home and national statistics show people are at least four times more likely to die if there’s no working smoke alarm.
Now with the warmer weather and the joys of spring upon us, many of us already have a long list of chores like cleaning windows, painting hallways or tidying up the garden.
For many, testing smoke alarms is often low on their list of chores, but firefighters say it could save your life.
Karl Turrill, Deputy Community Fire Safety Manager, said: “It is easy to see when your clock has stopped ticking, but you can’t tell if your alarm has stopped working without pushing its button.
“Last March, about one in seven people reached for the test button and this year we want more people to do the same. It is also important to remind those who you know and love to test theirs, or help them if they need it.”
“Smoke alarms are cheap, easy to fit, and if there was a fire in your home it gives you time to escape.
“It might add a few seconds onto your spring cleaning chores, but it could save your life,” he added.
Top tips for smoke alarms:
- You need a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home.
- Press the button and test your smoke alarms once a week.
- Change the battery at least once per year unless it is a sealed device.
- Never remove the batteries for use in anything else, like remote controls or children’s toys.
- Twice a year open the case and gently vacuum inside to remove dust from the sensors. If it doesn’t open, vacuum through the holes.
- Offer your help to your friends and relatives over the age of 65.
If you would like some fire safery help or a free home fire safety check, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr, phone 01522 580397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org