WatchTowerGiraffe 180 The ‘WatchTowerGiraffe’ smoke alarm tester and illustrated story book have been designed to inspire children to remind adults to test their smoke alarms every week. Inventor Alan Day explains the story behind the tester in this guest feature from FIRE Magazine

The shock of the death of a 4 year old relative through a fire related incident motivated my lifetime commitment and a determination to prevent unnecessary loss of life from fire.

The ‘WatchTowerGiraffe’ Smoke Alarm Tester is a product created with the potential to save lives and protect homes from fire.

The Smoke Alarm Tester has been designed to enable people to test their smoke alarms without the need to stand on chairs or steps in unsafe positions, often deterring the proper use of regular checks.

The tester also comes with an illustrated story book (pictured) which has been designed to inspire children to remind adults to test their smoke alarms every week. The philosophy behind the product is for children to act as a conscience for grown-ups.

Last year there were 181 deaths as a result of fires within the home, 70% of these homes did not have a working smoke alarm. In fact, you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that doesn’t have a functioning smoke alarm than in one that does.

It is estimated that 90 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing. On average, two people over 65 die in a house fire every week.

It has received great feedback so far, with A Murray Clarke, a burns surgeon, quoted in Australia’s The Herald as saying “It is so simple, it’s a wonder that no WatchTowerGiraffe Teaches Children the Importance of Checking your Alarm one thought of it before”.

For more information on The ‘WatchTowerGiraffe’ please visit www.watchtowergiraffe.co.uk.