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Residents urged to check smoke alarms

Published: 16 Jan 2014 17:300 comments

RESIDENTS are being urged to keep themselves safe by checking their smoke alarms every week.

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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is

asking people to make a New

Year’s resolution that may save lives in an emergency.

Smoke alarms can provide an early warning in the event of a fire, giving people precious extra time to escape to safety – but the devices are useless if the batteries are flat or have been removed.

Pete Farmer, from RBFRS’s prevention depart-

ment, said: “It really is such a simple thing to do but it could literally make the difference between life and death in the event of a fire.

“You could also help out elderly friends, relatives or neighbours by testing their smoke alarms for them too.

RBFRS advises residents to install an alarm on every level of your home, at the bottom of the stairs and on each stair landing.

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