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Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is reminding people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this weekend.

The Tick Tock Test campaign has been launched to encourage people to test their smoke alarms when they turn their clocks back this weekend.

A working smoke alarm can buy a family the valuable time they need to get out, stay out and call 999 if there is a fire in their house. People are more than four times as likely to die in a fire if they don’t have a working alarm.

By pushing the test button on every smoke alarm, people could save the lives of their children, parents and friends.

Lisa Bryan, of the service’s prevention team, said: “Tick, Tock, Test serves as an easy reminder while you have the stepladder out for reaching the wall clocks, you can test your smoke alarm as well.

“Over half the people who died in UK house fires last year were over 65 years old and so if you are helping older parents or elderly relatives with their clock changes, take the time to test their smoke alarms too.

“Testing your alarm is so important. It can’t save your life if it isn’t working. By pushing the test button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest.”

The fire and rescue service will be using Twitter and Facebook to promote the campaign locally to remind people to test their alarms when the clocks change on Sunday, October 27.

For more advice visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/fire