Just one in 10 test fire alarms weekly

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ACCORDING to new figures, two thirds of people in South Yorkshire have not tested their smoke alarms for more than one month.

The findings come on the day South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue launches a major campaign to get people to test their alarms, with a new free reminder service set up to remind residents by text.

Kevin Ronan, head of community safety, said: “I’m shocked so many people fail to properly maintain what is potentially a life-saving device.

“Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night.

“But a detector can only save your life if it is working and the battery is checked regularly.”

The fire service says its crews have been to more than 100 house fires in the last three years where smoke alarms were fitted but not working.

In the poll, conducted last month, 256 adults in South Yorkshire were surveyed.

Although 95 per cent said they had at least one smoke alarm fitted in their home, only 11 per cent said they tested them weekly.

And 62 per cent of respondents said their last test was “longer than a month ago.”