Barbara has given her full backing to the Government’s new fire safety drive. The “Pull Your Finger Out” campaign, unveiled by Communities Minister Parmjit Dhanda, urges people to check their smoke alarms regularly.
80% of homes in England have smoke alarms, but around one in three fail to work during a fire. This is often because they are not checked regularly enough, and often have missing or expired batteries.
Mr Dhanda said:
“The harsh truth is that unless a smoke alarm is regularly maintained it could be rendered useless in the event of a fire. Clearly it is not enough to simply own a smoke alarm and hope that loved ones and homes will be protected. Maintaining a smoke alarm takes moments and this simple precaution can save lives."
Barbara joined Mr Dhanda at the launch, and afterwards she said:
”This is a very important campaign, which I fully support. House fires do not happen very often, but they are devastating when they do and the simple step of check a fire alarm could avoid tragedy. People are put at risk by faulty smoke alarms and I hope this campaign reaches as many people as possible.”
Barbara with Communities Minister Parmjit Dhanda at the campaign launch