Put clocks forward and test smoke alarms

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Firefighters are urging people to make a potentially life-saving move when they change their clocks at the weekend– by taking a moment to test their smoke alarms too.

Chris Bailey, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s head of community safety, said: “Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking or is displaying the wrong time, but it’s not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order if you don’t test it.

“Whether the battery is flat, has been removed 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, but only half of people who own one say they take the time to test it regularly.

“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, take an extra moment to push the button – it could save your life.”

Help keep your family and your home safe by following these simple steps:

A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999. Make sure you fit one on every level of your home and test them regularly.

Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine. Test the alarm by pressing the button regularly.

Whatever happens, never remove the battery in your smoke alarm.

Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire - and practise your escape route.