Caerphilly householders asked to test their smoke alarms
11:37am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are supporting a campaign to test your smoke alarms with the change of the autumnal clock.
The 'Tick Tock Test' campaign is encouraging people to check their smoke alarms when they change their clocks on October 27.
Around six people have died as a result of a fire in their homes in South Wales during 2012-2013 according to South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, with 38 per cent of homes that have suffered a fire did not have a smoke alarm fitted.
Martin Hendersen, Head of Risk Reduction, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. Fire Kills campaign's memorable phrase - Tick, Tock, Test - provides a powerful reminder that will stay in people's minds and hopefully prompt you into action when you go around your home changing your timepieces.
"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 their smoke alarms this weekend and at least once a week from here after."
He added: "By pushing the 'test' button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest - children, parents and friends alike. So this clock change weekend, remember - Tick, Tock, Test.”
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