Plea from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to test clocks

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HAMPSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to test their alarms when the clocks change on Sunday to prevent deaths in fires.

The service is supporting this year’s Fire Kills latest clock change campaign, the ‘Tick, Tock, Test!’

Since April this year, the service has attended 430 fires at homes.

Out of those, 250 had fitted smoke alarms. On 141 occasions the smoke alarms activated and raised the alarm for the occupants, however on 109 occasions the smoke alarm did not operate due to battery failure or removal, or faults in the alarm’s set-up.

Station manager Jim Clarke said: ‘This is the perfect opportunity to check your smoke alarm is working and check for your older friends and relatives, who might find it hard to reach their alarms but are at greater risk. Over half the people who died in home fires last year were 65 years old or above.’

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