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Test your smoke alarm

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to regularly test their smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms are proven life savers, warning at the first sign of fire and giving everyone time to get out safely. People with working smoke alarms are four times more likely to survive a fire.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “If you don’t know your smoke alarm is working then you do not know if you and your family are protected.

“Smoke alarms are proven life savers, but only if they are working. Testing them only takes a few seconds but the peace of mind they provide is invaluable and will last all week.

“Ideally people should check their smoke alarm every week, but when you move the clocks forward at the end of the month it serves as the perfect reminder to give your smoke alarms a quick check.”

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:

- Make sure you fit one on every level of your home and test them regularly.

- Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine. Check the alarm by pressing the button regularly; change your battery once a year or invest in a 10-year alarm; and clean the alarm casing twice a year to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor.

- Whatever happens, never remove the battery from your smoke alarm.

- Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire and practice your escape route.

To arrange for a free home fire safety visit contact Essex County Fire and Rescue Service on 0300 303 0088 or email webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk.

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