LIVES could be saved alongside changing the clocks – that’s the message from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue as it joins a national campaign to combine two chores into one.
On October 30 the clocks will go back in every home across the country. The national Fire Kills campaign is urging people to test their smoke alarms as part of this routine.
It’s in a bid to reduce the number of people who are killed in accidental house fires in England each year – more than 200. Almost 40 per cent of these happened in homes where no smoke alarm was fitted.
Here in Lincolnshire, smoke alarms were not fitted in more than a quarter (28.64 per cent) of house fires in the last 12 months, putting the residents at a much greater risk.
Sean Taylor, group manager for prevention and protection at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “You’re more than four times as likely to die in a fire if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm. They’re the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you precious time to escape. What’s more, they’re cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.
“Even if you already have one, it’s vital to regularly check that it still works – one in three fail to operate in a fire, usually because the battery was dead or intentionally removed. Testing your alarm as part of your clock-change routine is the easiest way to give yourself a fighting chance.”
The Fire Kills campaign is promoting its message through a series of advertisements and a stark, new promotional video.
People can watch this video at http://bit.ly/firekillsclock and follow the campaign on Twitter – #TimetoTest and #Fire Kills – and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/firekills
For more information on fire safety in the home, along with details of smoke alarms and how best to install them, visit Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s website at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/LFR