People urged to test alarms

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FIREFIGHTERS are asking people to test smoke alarms when they turn their clocks forward over the weekend.

Area manager Steve Foye, from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘Smoke alarms are an effective 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, and in older friends and relatives’ homes could be a truly life-saving decision.

‘The clock-change weekend can act as a great reminder to test your smoke alarms – 
so over the weekend why 
not test yours when you change the clocks and get into the habit of testing them weekly?’