Change your clocks and test your smoke alarm

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This weekend test your smoke alarm when you put your clocks back

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is asking you to test your smoke alarms as part of the Fire Kills campaign ‘Tick, Tock, Test’, which encourages people to use the clock change on Sunday 27th October as a reminder to test their smoke alarms.

Last year 197 people died in fires in the home. You are 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm. So when you change your clocks, test your smoke alarms. It takes no time at all and gives you and your family a better chance of surviving a fire. Tick. Tock. Test. 

As well as doing the Tick Tock Test, the clock change twice a year can act as a reminder to do some other simple activities to make sure your smoke alarm is in tip top order. Open the smoke alarm case and gently vacuum the inside, using the soft-brush attachment, to remove dust from the sensors, then change the battery if needed. If your smoke alarm doesn’t open, vacuum through the holes.

A common cause of smoke alarms not working is flat or missing batteries – make sure you check yours.

Assistant Chief Officer Lewis Ramsay, Director of Prevention and Protection said: “Working smoke alarms save lives. As many as 7 out of 10 people do not test their alarms regularly. We recommend a weekly check, but the forthcoming clock change is a perfect reminder to not only test this vital life safety device for your home, but also set a habit that could save your life and the lives of your families

“Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it's not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order. Everyone should take the time to test their smoke alarm.”

ACO Ramsay added: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are here to serve and protect. We are asking people to Join Scotland’s Fight Against Fire. Our firefighters will visit anyone at risk from fire at a time that suits, day or night.

“We’ll help make sure their home is as safe as possible, tell us about someone at risk before it’s too late.”

To arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit for you, or someone you know who may be at risk

Call 0800 0731 999;
text “check” to 61611; or


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Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:

  • Get a smoke alarm fitted on every level of your home
  • Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine. Test the alarm by pressing the button regularly.
  • Change your smoke alarms battery once a year or invest in a 10-year alarm.
  • Clean the alarm casing twice a year to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor.
  • Whatever happens, never remove the battery in your smoke alarm.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and practice your escape route.