Firefighters urge everyone
to make a new year's pledge to test their smoke alarms monthly
MAKE a new year's resolution: test your
smoke alarms every month in 2017 and beyond.
That's the rallying cry from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service which is
supporting the Fire Kills campaign to ask people to make testing their smoke
alarms monthly one of their New Year's resolutions.
Many people see January as an opportunity for a fresh start, and safety should
be top of the list. So, this month, firefighters are encouraging everyone to
make sure they have enough smoke alarms in the home and that they work. It only
takes a few seconds and saves lives.
Smoke alarms can give someone the few extra seconds they need to escape in a
fire. While the majority of homes across the country now have an alarm fitted,
most people are not aware that the average alarm has a lifespan of just 10
years and then needs replacing.
For people who live in a multi storey home or a larger property, a single smoke
alarm is simply not enough.
in 2016, in nearly ½ of all fires in homes across the UK where the smoke
alarm did not give a warning the reason was that the alarm was not close enough
to detect the fire. Missing or flat batteries were another major cause.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to make sure that their alarms
are up to date and up to the job.
To keep your alarms in working order:-
Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
► Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button
► Check that your smoke alarms are less than 10
► Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and
► Consider fitting them in rooms which have electrical appliances
that have a heater or charger in them.
► Take a moment to check on your loved ones who
may need help to ensure they're fully protected.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Gary Oakford said:- "At
this time of year, many people will be thinking of what they can do; big or
small; to make a fresh start and improve their lives, homes and well being.
Smoke alarms can offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but most
people simply fit and forget; they don't know if it might be coming to the end
of its lifespan or not working at all.
For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe
and secure. So if your alarm is getting past its best or your top floor is
missing an alarm of its own, make your New Year's resolution to fit new ones,
test them on the first of every month and protect your loved ones in 2017."