Take a minute and test your smoke alarms this weekend!

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 forward an hour in the early hours of Sunday morning, and when changing the clocks around your home, residents are being encouraged to also test their smoke alarms.

Regularly testing your smoke alarm is vital to ensure your alarms are in working order and to provide yourself and your family with as much warning as possible if a fire were to occur in your home.

Talking about the importance of smoke alarms, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety, Andy Crump, commented:

“As you are changing your clocks this weekend, why not test your smoke alarms as well to ensure they are in correct working order.

“A working smoke alarm is the best way to alert you and your loved ones to a fire in the home, providing you with an early warning needed to escape from a fire safely. We also recommend that you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and to test your alarms every week. Why not look at your family escape plan as well, it helps you to talk to family members about the safest way to get out of your home should a fire occur, saving you vital minutes in a real incident.

“Remember, if you do discover a fire in the home, then you need to get out, stay out and dial 999.”

If you are worried about fire safety in your home or someone you know, you can book a free safe and well visit. For more information or book a visit log onto: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/safeandwellvisit