Republic of Ireland international Michael Doyle is the latest high-profile star show his support for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue's new online service that reminds people to test their smoke alarms.

Doyle has called for fans of the Sheffield Utd side he captains, and the wider football public, to sign up to Press The Button, a service sends people a weekly reminder by text or email to test their smoke alarms.

Thousands of people in South Yorkshire fail to regularly check their smoke alarms, and firefighters have been to dozens of house fires in the last three years where the alarm battery was either missing or flat.

After pledging his support the Irishman said: "I've got a great deal of respect for the work the fire service do, and I hope this new service will help people stay safe from house fires. I'd urge all our supporters to sign-up for free reminders."

Only smoke alarms fitted with working batteries give you the vital extra minutes needed to escape a fire in your home, so fire chiefs hope hundreds of people will sign-up to the new service.

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

To sign-up to the reminder service visitwww.pressthebutton.co.uk 

Posted 17/10/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com