Scores sign up to Star campaign for alarms

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MORE than 80 Star readers signed up to have a smoke alarm fitted in their homes within hours of the launch of a new campaign to help save lives.

The Star has joined forces with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to launch the Sign Up To Save A Life campaign, which aims to get smoke alarms fitted in 200 homes by the end of the year.

On the day of its launch 82 readers called the fire service to ask for a free alarm to be installed as part of a home safety check offered by the county’s firefighters.

Arrangements are now being made for those residents to be visited so the alarms can be fitted and fire hazards pointed out.

Firefighters want all homes to be fitted with alarms and regularly carry out community safety work with vulnerable groups.

But the campaign is aimed at pensioners after analysis of the fire service’s statistics revealed that of the 544 people injured in blazes in South Yorkshire over the last four years, there were more pensioners affected than people from any other age group.

And of the 2,193 house fires dealt with in South Yorkshire over the same period, 641 were at properties which never had alarms fitted.

Phil Shillito, head of community safety, for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said the number of people signing up was impressive.

He said: “We’re delighted with the number of older people who have responded to The Star’s campaign to sign up for our free home safety checks.

“Older people in our communities are particularly at risk of fire, but with just one phone call, they can have the peace of mind one of our visits offers.

“During a home safety check, smoke alarms are fitted where required and advice is given on how to make the home safer.

Phil added: “Smoke alarms have been proven to reduce deaths and injuries in house fires and for that reason, we’d urge people to continue backing this campaign.”

To sign up for a fire safety check call 0114 2532314