Derbyshire residents urged to make testing their smoke alarms their new year’s resolution

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Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) is encouraging locals to make testing their smoke alarms each week one of their new year’s resolutions.

Smoke alarms can give someone the few extra seconds they need to escape in a fire and while the majority of homes across the area now have an alarm fitted, most people are not aware that the average alarm has a lifespan of ten years and then need replacing.

Station Manager Alan Richmond said: “At this time of year, many people will be thinking of what they can do, big or small, to make a fresh start and improve their lives, homes and wellbeing.

“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.

“For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe and secure. So if your alarm is getting past its best, or your top floor is missing an alarm of its own, make your new year’s resolution to fit new ones, test them every #TestitTuesday and protect your loved ones in 2015.”

To keep alarms in working order, DFRS advises locals to: make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home; test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every Tuesday; fit smoke alarms on the ceiling, landings and hallways and near bedrooms. Also consider fitting them in rooms which have an electrical appliance, eg a heater, or other risk, and, take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they’re fully protected by working smoke alarms.