The Scottish Fire & Service recommends that all smoke alarms should be tested weekly,
but very few people do. When, for example, was the last time you checked yours?
Incredibly, an unprecedented 28% of fire fatalities occur in homes where there
is a smoke alarm but it is no longer working.
Unfortunately, by their very nature, smoke alarms are often in difficult-to-access
areas, particularly hard-to-reach ceilings. Most people use a stepladder or balance
on a chair to reach them, putting themselves at risk of injury.
85% of people admit to testing their smoke alarm by balancing on chairs, stepladders
or leaning over banisters. So it is no wonder they are so rarely tested.
Making testing of smoke alarms easier and SAFER
There is, however, a quick, easy and safe answer:
The GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester.
This deceptively simple device is easily stored near to your smoke alarm and can
be used in minutes to test the alarm without the need to take risks.
The GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester is ideal for anyone with a smoke alarm in
their home, but it is particularly recommended if you, or someone you know, is
older or less able. Every year falls are a major cause of injury for the over 65s.
The Garioch & North Marr Commuity Safety Group
has purchased 500 GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Testers which will be given to the Scottish Fire
& Rescue Service and the Community Health in Partnership (CHiP) team in the Garioch
and North Marr areas for distribtion to appropriate
Ron McKail, Chair of the Garioch & North Marr Commuity Safety Group said:
"The Garioch & North Marr Commuity Safety Group
were concerned that some 20% of house fires which fire crews attend had alarms that were not working.
The idea behind this hand held pointer is that it fits well with the Scottish`s Fire &
Rescue Service's (SFRS) safety drive where users "point the fire stick" - push the button and
are able to check the alarm is working. We were pleased to support the SFRS campaign
which is to save lives."
For more information on the GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester and how to buy a supply, click on the logo below: