Get switched on with smoke alarms
PEOPLE in Bucks are being encouraged to change their attitude to smoke alarms in their homes.
Bucks Fire and Rescue Service has got behind a new national smoke alarm testing campaign after research showed that many people become irritated by their smoke alarms because they sometimes go off when a toaster is being used, or beep in the middle of the night when the battery is low.
But firefighters are now encouraging people to focus on the positive impact smoke alarms have, and to ensure that they test their alarms once a month.
Richard Priest, head of Bucks Fire and Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “This is a timely campaign as nationally there is an increase in fire-related emergencies and deaths over the winter months, compared to the rest of the year.
“A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999 in the event of a fire.
“But only half of all householders who own smoke alarms say they test they are working on a regular basis.
“Many have indicated that they feel the weekly tests we have encouraged in the past are too frequent and that they simply can’t get into the habit.
“All we are asking is for people to set aside a small amount of time every month to look after their smoke alarms.
“We would also like to encourage you to offer to do this for a relative, friend or neighbour if you think they could benefit from a little help.”
Bucks Fire and Rescue Service want people to ensure there is an alarm on every level of their home and to clean the casing on their alarms twice a year to ensure dust is not blocking the signal.