Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms

Photo of melting alarm clock

When you put your clocks back this weekend, why not take the opportunity to check your smoke alarms at the same time?

On Sunday 27th October, the clocks will go back one hour and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is encouraging people to think about their family's safety.

The majority of the country (86%) now own a smoke alarm. It's clear most people know a working smoke alarm can save lives, providing those vital few seconds needed to escape a house fire. But it's important to know it's working correctly.

Jon Hall, chief fire officer, said: "With darker nights upon us, it is an ideal opportunity to test that small item in your home which could save you or your family's lives. Smoke alarms should be fitted on every level of your home. Get it, install it, check it and change the batteries regularly - it could save your life. Whatever happens, never remove the battery to use it for other purposes."

If you know of a vulnerable person who doesn't have a working smoke alarm, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service has a supply of alarms that can be supplied and fitted for free just by ringing 0800 180 41 40.

They can fit smoke alarms, advise on safety hazards and how best to remove them and put people in touch with other organisations who can help them.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, said: "Smoke alarms save lives. Most of us have them, but are we sure they are working properly? They can give you and your family the necessary warning to get out in the early stages of a fire. So please take this opportunity to check your alarm, or if you haven't already got one, then now's the time to think about it."

ENDS

Issued by: Sarah Wood, Gloucestershire County Council Media Team, 01452 425093, email: sarah.wood@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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22nd October 2012