Plea to residents to test smoke alarms

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WEST Yorkshire fire chiefs are urging people to make a potentially life-saving move when they change their clocks this weekend by taking a moment to test their smoke alarm as well.

Assistant chief fire officer Craig McIntosh said residents were more than four times as likely to die in a fire if their smoke alarm was not working.

Figures released by the fire service said only half of people who owned a smoke alarm tested it regularly.

Mr McIntosh said: “Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s more difficult to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order.

“The only way to make sure is through regular testing.

“Having a smoke alarm is not enough, it must be kept in working order to save your life.”

A working smoke alarm provides valuable time to get out of a burning home and to call 999.

The fire service recommends fitting a smoke alarm on every level of a home, and to test it regularly.

An online video has also been released showing a mantelpiece clock melting in the heat of a house fire, showing the consequences of a fire in the home.

See it at www.west yorksfire.gov.uk