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Smoke alarms: give a little attention to your lifesaver

This year one of the best ways you can make your family and home safer is by regularly testing your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms are truly the unsung heroes of any home, they are on duty 24 hours a day ready to go off and warn you at the first of danger. But only a working smoke alarm will save your life so make a pledge now to test your smoke alarm at least once a month in 2016.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Every home should have at least one smoke alarm on each floor. It is no exaggeration to say they are the most important piece of equipment in any home.

“They take very little maintenance and will warn you at the first sign of fire giving you and your family time to get safely out before calling us in.

“Once you have smoke alarms fitted then you need to make sure that you test them regularly, at least once a month. Payday makes a great reminder so when you get your payslip use that as a prompt to push the button when you get home.

“You’re four times more likely to die in a fire without a smoke alarm but a national survey has revealed that only half the people who own smoke alarms test them regularly.

“It only takes a second to test your smoke alarm but the time they give you in a fire could spell the difference between life and death so take the time to test your smoke alarm regularly this year.”

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe from fire by following these simple steps:

? Make sure you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly.

? Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine in 3 easy steps:
1. Test it by pressing the button once a month
2. Change the batteries once a year if your alarm has removable batteries
3. Clean the alarms casing twice a year to ensure dust isn’t blocking the sensor.

? Whatever happens, never remove the batteries in your smoke alarms unless you are replacing it.

? Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and knows your escape route.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will fit smoke alarms free of charge as part of a Home Safety Visit. To arrange a visit simply call us on 0300 303 0088 or email webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk or complete the form found on our website here.

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