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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is again encouraging people to test their smoke alarms when they put their clocks forward next Sunday (30 March).
They will be supporting the national FireKills campaign with snappy tagline ‘TICK TOCK TEST’, to help remind residents of the need to test their smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work. In the UK last year, 211 people died in fires in the home, and over 70% of those who lost their lives were not alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm.
Firekills - childs clockA working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. You’re four times more likely to survive a fire if you have a working smoke alarm but it is essential that people test their smoke alarms regularly.
The Fire Kills campaign, supported national advertising, is aimed at preventing deaths and injuries from fire by prompting people into action to test their alarms when they go around their home changing their timepieces.
KFRS Community Safety Manager Charlie Smith 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 or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test.
“This weekend is also a good time to look out for elderly relatives, friends or neighbours who may be at greater risk in the event of a fire, and to help them test their smoke alarms. By pushing the ‘test’ button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest – children, parents and friends alike. So when you put your clocks forward, remember – Tick, Tock, Test!”
For further information on the free advice and services KFRS provides call 0800 923 7000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.