Firefighters’ smoke alarm warning

Smoke alarm.
Smoke alarm.

Firefighters in West Yorkshire are encouraging people to check their smoke alarms after they put their clocks put back at the weekend.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting the national Tick Tock Test campaign, led by Government organisationFire Kills.

The campaign encourages people to test their smoke alarm now their clocks have been put back as British Summer Time ended on Sunday.

WYFRS Area Manager for Fire Safety, Ian Bitcon, said: “Smoke alarms are a well-proven life-saving tool, but they are no use if they are not working.

“You are at least four times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm, so taking the time to test the smoke alarms in your home could be a truly life-saving decision.”

Regionally, in the last three years more than 80,000 West Yorkshire homes visited by firefighters did not have working smoke alarms.

Of all the homes visited by WYFRS as part of a Home Fire Safety Check, more than 71,000 had never had smoke alarms fitted before.

Last year over half the 213 fire deaths in dwellings across the country were caused by smoke inhalation.

More than half the people who died in fires in the home last year were 65 years old or over.

To find out more about the Fire Kills campaign visit https://www.gov.uk/firekills.

You can also visit the Fire Service website, www.westyorksfire.gov.uk, to book a free home fire safety check online or call 0800 5874536.