Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is encouraging people across the county to “Keep having the time of your life” – “test your smoke alarm weekly” in a new fire safety video posted on social media yesterday (Saturday 14 October).
The video was made to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the classic 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, but to deliver a serious message about carrying out a simple life-saving weekly check.
The KFRS Dirty Dancing parody sees the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey replaced by watch manager Joanne Gilham and firefighter Nathan Pavey. The pair are seen strutting their stuff to the equally popular song from the movie “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, with their performance ending in the famous lift and Jo reaching up to test a smoke alarm. The video then reminds the audience: “Keep having the time of your life – test your smoke alarm weekly.”
Ian Thomson, Head of Community Safety at KFRS, said: “This parody is a great deal of fun, but delivers a simple yet serious message about carrying out a quick check every week. This check can make such a difference to the lives of the people we care about and love the most.
“We’re not expecting people to do ‘The lift’ scene from ‘Dirty Dancing’ to test their smoke alarms, however we really want people to make it part of their weekly activity. If you have difficulty reaching for the smoke alarm then you could use a broom handle or ask a relative or neighbour to help. These life-saving devices are vital in every home.”