Changing clocks this weekend also provides the opportunity to make potentially life-saving checks around your home according to the latest advice from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The clocks go back an hour in the early hours of Sunday morning, and when changing the many clocks around the home on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, residents are being encouraged to also test their smoke alarms.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Safety Manager, Moreno Francioso, said: “We’re all looking forward to getting that extra hour’s sleep at the end of British Summer Time, but knowing that your smoke alarm is in working order could help you sleep that little bit better.
“So as you put your clocks back why not take an extra moment to push the button – it could literally save your life!”
As well as testing your smoke alarm regularly, you can also keep your loved ones safe by following these simple steps:
● A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999. Make sure you fit one on every level of your home and test them regularly.
● Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine. Check the alarm by pressing the button regularly; change your battery once a year or invest in a 10-year alarm; and clean the alarm casing twice a year to ensure dust isn’t blocking the sensor.
● Whatever happens, never remove the battery in your smoke alarm.
● Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and practise your escape route.