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WHY DO WE STILL PLAY WITH FIRE? Revealed: How one-in-three homes DON'T have smoke alarms.

Byline: JOSHUA TAYLOR ECHO Reporter joshua.taylor@trinitymirror.com taylorjoshua1 @

WHY DO WE STILL PLAY WITH FIRE? Revealed: How one-in-three homes DON'T have smoke alarms MORE than one in three Merseyside homes where house fires break out do not have a working smoke alarm, shocking new figures show.

There have been 3,067 accidental house blazes in the region since the beginning of 2012 - and 1,054 of these properties did not have a smoke alarm.

Another 22 had alarms but with no batteries in, according to Merseyside fire service.

Now, homeowners are being urged to check their smoke alarms work when they put their clocks back an hour today.

Kevin Johnson, Merseyside fire service's home safety manager, said: "A working smoke alarm can give you the valuable seconds needed to escape a house fire.

"People are at least four times more likely to die if they don't have a working smoke alarm, so taking the time to test smoke alarms could be a life-saving decision."

Merseyside residents are also being urged to help elderly neighbours and relatives test their alarms.

Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt said: "The simple act of pressing a button and testing the smoke alarms in your home could be the difference between life and death.

"On clock change weekend when you turn back the clocks in your home, I urge everyone to test their smoke alarms too.

"It takes very little extra time and could well be a life-saver."

A similar smoke alarm testing campaign was held when the clocks went forward in March.

Ms Mordaunt said: "At the last clock change nearly one in seven people reached for the test button and I hope that this October many more do the same, not just in their own homes but in the homes of those they know and love who might find it difficult to test for themselves.

"I want to see thousands of responsible householders pledg ing to test. Let's save more lives."

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