Change your clocks, check your smoke alarm

“Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms” is the message from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service as the days get lighter.

Graham Stagg, Chief Fire Officer, said: “The clocks go forward on Sunday (March 31) which means that spring is in the air and the evenings are getting lighter. Many residents will start thinking about getting out their barbecues and

looking forward to the sunshine, but whilst preparing for summer, please don’t forget to check your smoke alarm.

“We know that smoke alarms save lives. They can give you and your family the necessary warning to get out in the early stages of a fire, which should in turn allow us to get to you more quickly.”

Once a smoke alarm is fitted it does require regular testing and simple cleaning:

1. Once a week – Check the alarm by pressing the button.

2. Once a year – Change your battery (unless it is a 10-year alarm)

3. Twice a year – Vacuum and wipe the smoke alarm casing to ensure dust isn’t blocking the sensor chamber. (For mains wired alarms, switch off first.) Whatever happens, never remove the battery to use it for other purposes.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service provide free home fire safety checks for vulnerable and elderly residents. Specialist smoke alarms can also be provided for members of the community who may be deaf or suffering from a hearing impairment. To arrange a visit please call 0800 917 9944 or visit

Mr Stagg added: “The one sombre message I would leave you with is that the batteries in a smoke alarm can be replaced, the lives of you and your family cannot.”