Put the clocks back and check your smoke alarm
Surrey residents are being urged to test their smoke alarm as they put their clocks back this weekend.
The call from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service comes after the latest statistics from the Home Office show that 12% of households where fires took place in 2013/14 did not have a working smoke alarm.
Kay Hammond, Cabinet Associate for Community Safety Services at Surrey County Council, said: “Everyone takes changing their clocks for granted but testing your smoke alarm could save lives and while we’ll all look forward to an extra hour in bed this weekend, checking the smoke alarm works will mean everyone sleeps that bit better.”
The clocks will go back one hour at 2am BST on Sunday.
Trading standards seize half a tonne of illegal snuff
Half a tonne of illegal snuff has been seized during a routine check at a cargo warehouse in Staines by Surrey trading standards officers.
The 500 kilogrammes of ‘oral snuff’, which was in a combination of powder and large particle form, was discovered after being imported by KPK Trading Limited from Pakistan via Heathrow Airport.
Snuff is a smokeless tobacco that is taken by inhaling it, delivering a quick hit of nicotine.
Trading standards from Surrey have now obtained a forfeiture order at Redhill Magistrates’ Court and have given the company a written warning regarding the goods.
Steve Ruddy, head of Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards*, said: “This snuff is high risk and illegal and we have managed to prevent it from reaching the public market meaning we are protecting residents from a dangerous product which can cause oral and throat cancer.”
*Buckinghamshire and Surrey operate a joint trading standards service