Please 'tick, tock, test' your smoke alarms this weekend

Tue 21 Oct, 2014

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt are urging people to check their smoke alarms when they adjust their clocks this weekend (25-26 October). 

Last year, more than half the 213 fire deaths in UK homes were caused by smoke inhalation. In the majority of domestic fires with fatalities, smoke alarms were either absent or did not go off – and a common cause was missing or flat batteries.

That's why Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, in partnership with the national Fire Kills campaign, is asking people to make an online pledge to test their smoke alarms this clock-change weekend (25-26 October). 

Pledgers can sign up on the Fire Kills Facebook page ( or click on special Fire Kills ‘Tick Tock Test’ advertisements when they see them online and on their mobile phones. 

Chief Operating Officer Jason Thelwell, who is pictured above with Penny Mordaunt, said: "Working smoke alarms can give people the wake-up call they need to escape. With a simple push of the test button, you will test both the power supply and the detection mechanism. 

"More than half the people who died in fires in the home last year were 65 years old or over. So as well as testing their own alarms, we are also asking householders to test for people who might need help testing theirs. The few seconds it takes to test could provide a few valuable minutes for loved ones to escape safely."

Penny Mordaunt said; “The simple act of pressing a button and testing the smoke alarms in your home could be the difference between life and death.

"When you turn back the clocks in your home this weekend, I urge everyone to 'tick, tock, test' their smoke alarms too. It takes very little extra time and could well be a life-saver."