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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is supporting the new Fire Kills campaign that is to be launched this coming clock change weekend with the catchy reminder: ‘TICK TOCK TEST’.
The national campaign is encouraging people to test their smoke alarms are working when they change their clocks on Sunday 27 October.Fire Kills fire-damaged mantleclock
Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work and worrying new figures from KFRS for last year show that only 50 per cent of households were alerted to the fires it attended by a working smoke alarm.*
Of the 666 dwelling fires in Kent and Medway that KFRS attended last year, around 20 per cent had smoke alarms fitted that were not working, while almost 30 per cent had no smoke alarm installed at all.
A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. You’re more than four times as likely to survive a fire if you have a working alarm.
With fires in the home resulting in 79 people getting hurt, eight serious injuries and three deaths in Kent and Medway last year, it is essential that people test their smoke alarms regularly.**
Fire Kills fire-damaged rabbitKFRS Head of Community Safety Stuart Skilton said: “The ‘Tick, Tock, Test’ campaign is timely reminder that will hopefully prompt residents into action when they go around putting their clocks back. 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 used for a kid’s toy or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test. And, as over half the people who died in home fires in the UK last year were 65 years old or above, this is also a perfect opportunity to test alarms for older relatives who might find it hard to reach their alarms but are at greater risk.”
He added: “So this clock change weekend, remember – Tick, Tock, Test! By pushing the ‘test’ button on every smoke alarm,Fire Kills watch image you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest – children, parents and friends alike.”
For further advice on how to keep you, your family or a neighbour safe from fire call Kent Fire and Rescue Service for free on 0800 923 7000 or click here for further information.
*KFRS figures: between October 2012 and 30 September 2013 KFRS attended 666 fires in dwellings, 333 of which had worming smoke alarms fitted, 144 had alarms fitted but not working, and 189 had no alarm fitted.
**KFRS figures between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013