Take advantage of clocks going forward this weekend by testing your smoke alarms, Cambs Fire chief urges

Cambs Fire has issued a check your smoke alarm message.

Cambs Fire has issued a check your smoke alarm message. - Credit: Archant

The clocks go forward an hour this weekend ... so, while you are changing your clocks, why not test your smoke alarms too - that is the message from Cambs Fire and Rescue Service.

Crews will be visiting supermarkets across the county this week to provide fire safety advice and remind shoppers to test their smoke alarms.

Vulnerable and elderly residents could also be entitled to a free home fire safety check. Specialist smoke alarms can also be provided for those who may be deaf or suffering from a hearing impairment.

Graham Stagg, chief fire officer, said: “We are asking people to test their smoke alarms while they change the clocks throughout their home.

“Also if they assist any elderly or vulnerable family members with changing their clocks, this is a good opportunity to check they also have working smoke alarms.

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“In Cambridgeshire we have few fire deaths but the majority of those we do have involve a person over the age of 65.

“We know that smoke alarms save lives. They can give you and your family the necessary warning to get out in the early stages of a fire, and call 999, which should in turn allow us to get to you more quickly.”

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Once a month – Check the alarm by pressing the button.

Once a year – Change your battery (unless it is a 10-year alarm)

Twice a year – Vacuum and wipe the smoke alarm casing to ensure dust isn’t blocking the sensor chamber. (For mains wired alarms, switch off first.)

To arrange a visit from Cambs Fire, call 0800 917 9944 or visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk

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