West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service encourage people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks at the end of the month. The snappy tagline ‘Tick Tock Test’ is to remind us all of the need to test our smoke alarms at regular intervals.
Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work. With 211 people dying in fires in the home last year and over 70% not being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm, it is essential people test their smoke alarms regularly.
A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. You’re four times more likely to survive a fire if you have a working smoke alarm.
As part of the Fire Kills campaign, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is determined to prevent as many deaths as possible and make sure people test their alarms when the clocks change on March 30th.
Alistair Evans, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Community Risk Manager said: “Tick, Tock, Test is straight talking, easy to remember and intrinsically links clock change weekend to testing your smoke alarm.
“Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order.
“Whether the battery is flat, has been used for a kid’s toy or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test. And, as over half the people who died in home fires last year were 65 years old or above, this is also a perfect opportunity to test alarms for older relatives who might find it hard to reach their alarms but are at greater risk.
“By pushing the ‘test’ button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest – children, parents and friends alike.”
So this clock change weekend, remember – ‘Tick, Tock, Test’.
Please remember that a smoke alarm does need regular testing too. A working smoke alarm is a vital piece of life-saving equipment and therefore deserves a little regular maintenance. Look after your smoke alarm and it will look after you – all it takes is just a few minutes of your time every six months to give your smoke alarm a little simple cleaning, in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
For a full range of home fire safety advice visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire or call Freephone 0800 328 6487
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service holds a Home Fire Safety Event in South Street, Worthing from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Wednesday March 26th when they will have specialist advisors on hand to offer tips and advice on home fire safety, smoke alarms, Home Fire Safety Checks and much more.