Residents across Staffordshire are being urged to spring into action to ‘Push the Button’ on their smoke alarm when they put their clocks forward.
Launched back in 2011, the ‘Push the Button’ campaign encourages people to test their smoke detectors on a regular basis. Residents are also being asked to test the smoke alarms of older or vulnerable friends, relatives or neighbours to help keep them safe too.
Almost 75 per cent of those who die in house fires are aged 65 or over, and statistics show that people are four times more likely to die in their home if they do not have a working smoke alarm.
Community Support Officer Lydia Hooley said: “Inhaling just a small amount of toxic smoke from a fire can kill you. Smoke alarms give you vital time to get out and can make all the difference to surviving a fire. Sadly, smoke is responsible for more than half of all deaths in accidental house fires. There have been a number of incidents in Staffordshire where people have been alerted to a fire in their property thanks to their smoke alarms activating. The consequences could have been a lot worse if their detectors were not working, it really is that simple.
“We strongly urge people to check their smoke detectors when they put their clocks forward this weekend. It could save your life and your family’s life.
You can sign up for a weekly email reminder to test your smoke alarms, simply go to http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/pushthebutton.asp and follow the prompts to subscribe.