Lincolnshire firefighters urge people to test smoke alarms as they put the clocks back
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is urging residents to test their smoke alarms as they put the clocks back on October 27.
The tick, tock, test is the message this year as the fire service aims to link the two chores together.
Last year in the UK, 197 people died in fires in the home – and 70 per cent of those were not alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm.
Without a working smoke alarm, people are more than four times as likely to die in a fire in the home.
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Community fire safety manager Debbie Robinson said: “When you’re changing your clocks this October, remember these three simple words: tick, tock, test.
“Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s harder to tell when a smoke alarm has stopped working.
“But by pushing the ‘test’ button on every smoke alarm in your home, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest – children, parents and friends alike.”
For a free home fire safety check, phone 01522 580397 or email HFSC@lincoln.fire-uk.org