Spring clean your smoke alarm

THE Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is encouraging people to include an additional but lifesaving task as part of their spring cleaning routine - spring cleaning their smoke alarms.

Kevin O’Neill, NIFRS Group Commander, Community Development, explained: “Take a few potentially life saving minutes to spring clean your smoke alarms by simply using your vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or insects that may be hiding within it.

“Doing this annually and testing your smoke alarm once a week, by pressing the test button enabling the alarm to sound for at least five seconds, will ensure that your smoke alarm is fully functional. A working smoke alarm will alert you and your family to the earliest stages of a fire, giving you vital extra time to escape.

“We would ask people to also remember their elderly or vulnerable neighbours who might also benefit from your help to ensure their smoke alarm is properly maintained.”

He added: “A free Home Fire Safety Check could also form part of your spring cleaning routine. Firefighters will check your home to help make them fire safe. They will check for appliances that could cause fire, help with any actions to avoid fire and most importantly ensure that your smoke alarm is working. If necessary we will fit a free smoke alarm for you.

“To arrange a free Home Fire Safety Check call 028 9260 0477, Text phone/Minicom 028 9262 8800 or go to our website - www.nifrs.org for further information.”