As British summer time ends Kent Fire and Rescue Service is taking this timely opportunity to remind the public to replace the battery in their smoke alarms. With the clocks going back on October 30, its a good time to test your smoke alarm and continue to do so on a weekly basis. You should also vacuum the casing of the device to avoid a build up of dust. These seem very simple points to remember but many of us think that just by having an alarm we are protected. Buying a smoke alarm is only the first step.
Head of Community Fire Safety Stuart Skilton said: “Everyone should have at least one smoke alarm in their home and now is a good time to get into the regular habit of testing, maintaining them and changing the battery if necessary. If you have a smoke alarm properly fitted, maintained and working you are much less likely to die in a house fire than if you don’t have one. By following a simple maintenance routine you can drastically reduce the chances of losing your life, or the life of a loved one, in a fire.”
This time of year and the colder weather it brings also raises other fire safety issues, including electric blankets. It’s important to get your blanket tested regularly, either by an approved contractor or by returning it to the manufacturer. Also, if your blanket is over ten years old, or showing signs of wear, replace it with a new one. If you are planning to light an open fire, make sure your chimney has been swept every year and burn only suitable fuels