Parents urged not to use smoke alarm batteries in Christmas toys

smokealarmLichfield and Burntwood parents are being urged not to take batteries from their smoke alarms to use in new toys on Christmas Day.

With children unwrapping a variety of electronic gifts this year, a frantic search for batteries can often follow.

But Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging parents not to put lives at risk by raiding their smoke alarms.

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss, said:

“When you buy your child a new toy and it doesn’t come with batteries the easy thing for some people is to remove them from the smoke alarm. But in doing so, make no mistake, you are playing Russian Roulette with your own life and the lives of your family.

“Smoke alarms are life savers and we urge everyone to make sure theirs are in full working order this Christmas.”

With statistics showing more accidental house fires happen in December than at any other time of the year, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service also wants people to do all they can to protect themselves – and others.

Mr Sloss added:

“It is especially important at this time of year to think of others. We all have family, friends and neighbours who will be alone this Christmas and they can be particularly vulnerable to fire risks in the home.

“With all the extra cooking, Christmas trees, lights, candles and wrapping paper are fire hazards so we would urge everyone to be a good neighbour and make sure others are safe too.”

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