FIRE chiefs are urging people to check their smoke alarms at this time of year.
Cleveland Fire Brigade advise householders to check their alarm and batteries are working as the clocks go back for the autumn.
The brigade says that in most domestic fires where someone dies from breathing in smoke, happen in homes that did not have a smoke alarm or where it failed not go off.
Phil Lancaster, director of community protection for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Smoke alarms are a well-proven lifesaving tool, but they are no use if they are not working.
“You are at least four times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm, so taking the time to test the smoke alarms in your home could be a truly lifesaving decision.”
A simple push of an alarm’s test button will tell you if it is working or not.
To arrange a free home fire safety visit call (01429) 874063.