Make sure you test your smoke alarm

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THE fire service is reminding people to check their smoke alarms following the clocks going forward.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is backing a new video from the Fire Kills campaign, which highlights the importance of keeping people safe.

It shows a young boy going into his fire-damaged home.

Last year, 117 people in Hampshire were injured, and four killed in fires.

Station manager Jim Clarke, of the service’s community safety team, said: ‘This new heart-wrenching video reminds everyone exactly what is at stake in a house fire, and I would ask everyone to test their smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the time you need to get out, stay out and call 999.

‘But you’re more than four times as likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a working alarm.’