Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to make prioritising fire safety one of their New Year’s resolutions.
The service wants people to their test smoke alarms on the first of every month in 2014.
Fire chiefs are also asking residents to drop in on elderly or vulnerable residents in their neighbourhoods and make sure they too have working smoke alarms, correctly fitted and tested on the first of the month.
Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said: “At this time of year, many people will be thinking of what they can do – big or small – to make a fresh start and improve their lives, homes and wellbeing.
“A smoke alarm can offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but most people simply fit and forget – they don’t know if it might be coming to the end of its life span or not working at all.
“We know there are a number of elderly residents out there who live alone and it is important they are not forgotten about.
“We offer free home fire safety checks to vulnerable residents in our county and we’re encouraging people this January to drop in on those in their neighbourhood who may be at risk and see if they have working smoke alarms, and if not, get in touch with us.
“So, if your elderly neighbour is without a smoke alarm, your alarm is getting past its best or your top floor is missing an alarm of its own, make your New Year’s resolution to fit new ones, test them on the first of every month and protect your loved ones in 2014.”
If you know someone who you think may qualify for a free home fire safety check, call 0800 917 99 94.
For information about fire safety, visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk.