Get switched on with smoke alarms

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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