Stalin used for Tayside 'Test It Tuesday'

Josef Stalin

Tayside Fire and Rescue has used an unlikely historic figure to encourage people to test their smoke alarms – Russian dictator Josef Stalin.

A Twitter post on the 60th anniversary of the murderous despot’s death mused over whether he would have taken part in ‘Test It Tuesday’ before his demise.

The initiative sees fire services across the country take to social networks every Tuesday. Tayside Fire and Rescue’s Tweet said: “On this day in 1953 Joseph Stalin died, sure he would have tested his smoke alarm first, have you? #testittuesday.”

Scott Symon, Tayside’s station manager responsible for ‘Risk Information’, said: “Each Tuesday we, along with many other Fire and Rescue Services, post a message reminding people to test their smoke alarms.

“In an effort to remove some of the mundanity of a repetitive message we try to add something else to the advice. Yesterday, we looked through this day in history to find something else that happened on March 5 – most prominent event seemed to be the death of Stalin, so it was added in.”

Other services taking part in Test it Tuesday opted for more straightforward advice.
Source: The Courier (Dundee)

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