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Push the button when the clocks go forward

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to ‘Push the Button’ on their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this Sunday, March 30.

The campaign, which has proved to be a big success since its launch in 2011, aims to encourage 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 and neighbours to help keep them safe too.

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: “It is absolutely vital that everyone has the appropriate number of working smoke alarms throughout their home. We have seen many recent cases across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent recently where detectors have literally saved people’s lives.

“It is a good idea to tie in testing smoke alarms with an event that happens on a weekly basis – for example a television programme or a specific activity. That way you will always link the two events so will be much less likely to forget to ‘Push the Button’. Clock change weekend is a good reminder to test your smoke alarm whilst you put the clocks forward around your house.”

Visitors to the fire stations are invited to sign up for a weekly email reminder to test their smoke alarms. This can also be done by logging on to http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/pushthebutton.asp.

Bookings will be available for free Home Fire Risk Checks where members of the team visit people in their homes, offering safety advice and fitting smoke alarms.

Alternatively, residents can ring the freephone number on 0800 0241 999 and a mutually convenient time will be set for the visit to take place.

All members of staff carry an identity card. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.

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