Team GB girls on the ball for South Yorkshire fire safety drive

Campaign: GB volleyball captain Lynne Beattie and Elizabeth Read are backing the fire safety drive.

Campaign: GB volleyball captain Lynne Beattie and Elizabeth Read are backing the fire safety drive.

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GB WOMEN volleyballers took time out from their busy Olympic schedule to back South Yorkshire Fire Service’s latest safety campaign.

The volleyballers, who lived at the service’s training and development centre ahead of their stint at the London 2012, Games have signed-up to a brand new smoke alarm testing reminder service.

The free Press The Button service gives residents weekly or monthly reminders to test their smoke alarms, after figures revealed thousands of South Yorkshire folk fail to check them regularly.

Firefighters have been to more than 100 house fires in the last three years where the alarm had either been removed or the battery was missing or flat - putting the residents at risk.

The campaign is being backed by The Star.

Only smoke alarms fitted with working batteries give residents the vital extra minutes needed to escape a fire in the home.

Lucy Wicks, vice-captain of GB women’s volleyball team, said: “Having spent 12 weeks living and working alongside firefighters in South Yorkshire, we saw firsthand the amount of training they undertake to prepare for dealing with life-threatening emergencies.

“We’re backing this campaign to make people safer and we’d encourage as many people as possible in South Yorkshire to sign up.”

Diane Malpass, head of community safety, said: “Only working smoke alarms save lives. We know how easy it is to forget to test your batteries, but by signing up to this service we promise to give you a regular reminder which may one day save your life.”

* Visit www.pressthebutton.co.uk to sign up.