Tick Tock Test as the clocks go back this weekend

23 October 2013

Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is reminding people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this weekend.

The Tick Tock Test campaign has been launched to encourage people to test their smoke alarms when they turn their clocks back this weekend.

A working smoke alarm can buy a family the valuable time they need to get out, stay out and call 999. But people are more than four times as likely to die in a fire if they don’t have a working alarm.

By pushing the test button on every smoke alarm, people could save the lives of their nearest and dearest – children, parents and friends alike.

Why should I test my alarm this weekend?

Lisa Bryan of the service’s prevention team said: “Tick, Tock, Test serves as an easy reminder while you have the stepladder out for reaching the wall clocks, you can test your smoke alarm as well.

“Over half the people who died in UK house fires last year were over 65 years old and so if you are helping older parents or elderly relatives with their clock changes, take the time to test their smoke alarms too.

“Testing your alarm is so important. It can’t save your life if it isn’t working. By pushing the test button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest.”

The fire and rescue service will be using Twitter and Facebook to promote the campaign locally to remind people to test their alarms when the clocks change on 27 October.

Further information

For more advice people can visit Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue.

ENDS

Notes to editors
The percentage of fires attended in dwellings in Northamptonshire where smoke alarm had activated: 41.62 per cent

Percentage of fires attended in dwellings in which smoke alarm was fitted, but did not activate: 21.73 per cent

Percentage of fires attended in dwellings in which no smoke alarm was fitted: 36.65 per cent


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