On 27 October the clocks go back.
TICK, TOCK, TEST! Before itâ€™s too late.
Test your smoke alarm this clock change weekend.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is determined to prevent as many deaths as possible and make sure people test their alarms when the clocks change on Sunday 27 October.
The Fire Kills campaign launches this coming clock change weekend. Adopting the line â€˜TICK TOCK TESTâ€™, the campaign is encouraging people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks.
Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work. With 197 people in the UK dying in fires in the home last year, and over 70% not being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm, it is essential that people test their smoke alarms regularly.
In Norfolk, there were seven deaths in domestic house fires between 2012/2013 and 26 injuries during that year.
Doug Underwood, Community Safety Team Manager at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: â€œTick, Tock, Test is straight talking, easy to remember and intrinsically links clock change weekend to testing your smoke alarm.
â€œEveryone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but itâ€™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 kidâ€™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 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.
â€œBy pushing the â€˜testâ€™ button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest â€“ children, parents and friends alike.â€
A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. Youâ€™re more than four times as likely to survive a fire if you have a working smoke alarm.
Fire Kills campaignâ€™s memorable phrase â€“ Tick, Tock, Test â€“ provides a timely reminder that will stay in peopleâ€™s minds and hopefully prompt them into action when they go around their home changing their clocks.
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