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Wyre Forest residents urged to check smoke alarms are working
7:10am Wednesday 9th January 2013 in News
WYRE Forest residents are being urged to make sure their smoke alarms are in working order.
The warning was issued by Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS), which is also encouraging people to carry out weekly tests of their alarms on “Test it Tuesdays”.
Fire service chiefs added it was also essential to make sure the smoke alarms were up to date and in the right places. While most homes across the country had alarms fitted, many people were unaware the average alarm had a lifespan of just 10 years.
Station Commander Alan Haley, of HWFRS, said: “A smoke alarm can offer vital protection for you and your loved ones but most people simply fit and forget - they don’t know if the alarm might be coming to the end of its lifespan.
“For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe and secure so, if your alarm is getting past its best or your top floor is missing an alarm of its own, make your New Year’s resolution to fit new ones and protect your loved ones in 2013.“
To keep alarms in working order:
- Test your smoke alarm by pushing the button regularly
- Check the packaging for your smoke alarm to make sure it is still up to date
- Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
- Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance
- Take a moment to check on less able loved ones to ensure they are fully protected