Time to test it
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to make sure they test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks on Sunday March 29.
Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Smoke alarms are proven life savers. They give vital early warning at the first sign of fire giving you and your family plenty of time to get out and call us when you are safely out.
“It is no exaggeration to say that a smoke alarm is the most important piece of equipment in any home, it can save lives by warning or waking you when the worst happens. Without that warning just three breaths of toxic smoke from a house fire is enough to kill.”
Changing clocks to British Summer Time is the perfect reminder to check the smoke alarms in your home.
DO Fenwick said: “Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order. Whether the battery is flat, has been removed for a child’s toy or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test their smoke alarm.
“You’re four times more likely to die in a fire without a working smoke alarm. Testing them takes just a second but could buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get safely out if the worst happens.
“We’re all losing sleep at the start of British Summer Time, but testing your smoke alarm could save you from losing a lot more. As you put your clocks forward on Sunday March 29, take an extra moment to push the button – it could save your life.”