A matter of life and death

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THE importance of smoke alarms is made starkly clear today by the dramatic events at a house in Sheffield.

It went up in flames, leaving two children and their parents trapped upstairs.

They had no warning of the blaze in their kitchen because there were no smoke alarms fitted in their home in Arbourthorne.

By the time they realised their house was on fire, choking black smoke was already billowing upstairs.

Fortunately, firefighters responded in the swift and professional way we expect of them.

The family was led to safety after the fire crew had doused the flames and given first aid and oxygen to them.

It is yet another example of where working smoke alarms could have given a family vital extra minutes to escape.

Hopefully, this will serve as a reminder for everyone to make sure they have alarms that are working properly.

As our campaign says, Press The Button, it could be the difference between life and death.

The race is on for marathon entries

THE organisers of next year’s Sheffield Half Marathon are thinking big.

They hope 10,000 runners will take part in the event after it was launched at the city’s Don Valley Stadium in Attercliffe.

Ten charities will benefit from the event in May, which is a key event in Sheffield’s calendar.

So why not be ambitious? The entry limit was lifted only 10 weeks before race day this year and entries continued to flood in.

So it should be possible to get 10,000 runners on the streets in 2013. No wonder there is much excitement about the event.

We would encourage people of all ages and abilities to sign up, making the race bigger and better than ever.

Making a difference

IT’S important to highlight the work of community groups because they provide such an invaluable service.

So we are delighted to report on the Beighton Knit and Natter group, where women harness their creative talents and help worthy causes.

They make items including lap blankets for the Northern General Hospital’s palliative ward and clothes for Rotherham General Hospital’s special care baby unit. Such clubs give people a skill and can help forge friendships for life. Their efforts make a big difference, which is why we’re delighted they continue to thrive.