Tick, tock, test your smoke alarms warn fire chiefs

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Tick, tock, test is the message from fire chiefs across the county who are urging people to test their smoke alarms as they finish changing their clocks.

The Fire Kills campaign coincided with the clocks going back at the weekend and fire bosses say it is never too late for people to test their alarms.

“Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work, With 197 people dying in fires in the home last year, and more than 70 per cent not being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm, it is essential that people test their smoke alarms regularly,” said Eastbourne’s borough commander Dave Sheppard.

“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 die in a fire if you don’t have a working alarm.

“The Fire Kills campaign’s memorable phrase – Tick, Tock, Test – provides a wonderful reminder that will stay in people’s minds and hopefully prompt them into action when they go around their home changing their timepieces. Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s not so easy to be sure your smoke alarm is still in working order.”