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Change your clocks and test your smoke alarms!

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The twice-yearly clock change is a task that everyone takes for granted, and turning the clocks back for an extra hour in bed will already be on the ‘to do’ list for the majority of Herefordshire and Worcestershire residents for this weekend.

But while timekeeping is a vital part of our lives and we all keep our clocks working, it’s concerning to know that many people forget to ensure their own safety and that of their loved ones by keeping their smoke alarm in the same working order.

A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999 - but just half of all householders who own a smoke alarm say that they test it’s working on a regular basis. Even more worrying is the statistic that you’re more than four times as likely to die in a fire if your smoke alarm is not working.

Station Commander Alan Haley from the Community Safety department at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: “It’s clear that the act of testing your smoke alarm needs to be part of your household routine, and we’d urge people to add this simple check to their clock-change routine this weekend.”

He continued: “Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s not so obvious when smoke alarms stop working. Push the button on your smoke alarm this weekend as you change your clocks – and you can look forward to not only an extra hour’s sleep but also the peace of mind of knowing that your smoke alarm is in working order.”