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Make A New Year's Resolution That Could Save Your Life

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10:29am 14th January 2015
(Updated 9:11am 16th January 2015)

Many of us may have given up chocolate or started going to the gym more as our New Year's resolution, but we're now being asked to make one more that could save our lives.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service want us to put safety first this year by regularly testing our smoke alarms every week.

While the majority of homes across the county now have an alarm fitted, most people are not aware that the average alarm has a lifespan of just ten years and then needs replacing.

Kate Underhill, Prevention Manager at DFRS said: "At this time of year, many people will be thinking of what they can do - big or small - to make a fresh start and improve their lives, homes and wellbeing."

"A smoke alarm can offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but most people simply fit and forget - they don't know if it might be coming to the end of its lifespan or not working at all.

"For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe and secure."

"So if your alarm is getting past its best or your top floor is missing an alarm of its own, make your New Year's resolution to fit new ones, test them weekly and protect your loved ones in 2015. "

To keep your alarms in working order:
- Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home;
- Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every week;
- Check that your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old;
- Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and near bedrooms.  Also consider in rooms which have an electrical appliance, eg a heater, or other risk;
- Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they're fully protected.

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