Check your alarm as well as your clocks

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FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks on October 28.

Turning the clocks back for an extra hour in bed will already be on the ‘to do’ list for most people, but the fire service says it is also a perfect opportunity to make sure smoke alarms are in full working order.

Adrian Carter, deputy safer communities manager at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘You’re more than four times as likely to die in a fire if your smoke alarm is not working so we will never tire of stressing how important it is to test them regularly.

‘Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking but it’s not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order. Whether the battery is flat, has been removed for whatever reason or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test.

‘I’m sure many of us are looking forward to getting an extra hour’s sleep, but knowing your smoke alarm is working could help you sleep that little bit better.’