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HWFRS want to see your smoke alarm selfies

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HWFRS is asking people to post photos of themselves on social media, testing their smoke alarms in their own fun, unique way.

Whether you push it with the end of a broom, use a huge foam finger or the end of a frying pan - HWFRS want to see your photos and get everyone testing their smoke alarms. Photos can be posted directly onto the HWFRS Facebook page or onto Twitter, using #SmokeAlarmSelfie.

A smoke alarm can provide someone with the few extra seconds they need to escape in a fire. While the majority of homes across the country now have an alarm fitted, most people are not aware that the average alarm has a lifespan of just ten years and then need replacing.

For people who live in a multi-storey home or a larger property, a single smoke alarm is not enough. Last year, in nearly half of all fires in the home where the smoke alarm did not give a warning the reason was that the alarm was not close enough to detect the fire. Missing or flat batteries were another major cause.

HWFRS is encouraging everyone to follow these tips to keep their alarms in working order:

  • Test your smoke alarm by pushing the button on the first of every month
  • Check the packaging for your smoke alarm to make sure it's still up to date
  • Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
  • Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance, e.g. a heater, or other risk
  • Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they're fully protected

Station Commander Alan Haley said: "A smoke alarm can offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but most people simply fit and forget – they don't know if it might be coming to the end of its lifespan or not working at all."

He concluded: "For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe and secure. If you have a family friend, or a relative that would benefit from a free Home Fire Safety Check then give us a call on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference NEWS to see if they would qualify for a check".

For the latest smoke alarm selfies and fire safety tips follow @HWFire.

Issued by:
Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319
JChadwick@hwfire.org.uk