More than 80,000 South Yorkshire homes visited by firefighters did not have working smoke alarms, shocking new figures reveal.
Of all the homes visited by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue since 2010 as part of their home safety check service, over 40,000 had never had smoke alarms fitted before.
A further 42,000 homes had smoke alarms, but they were not working properly, either because the battery was flat or had been removed, or because they had been wrongly installed.
Fire safety officers fear that despite decades of campaigning on the issue of smoke alarms, thousands more families could be missing out on this life saving piece of equipment.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has fitted more than 170,000 free alarms since 2010, plus dozens of specialist alarms for deaf or hard of hearing.
Firefighters spent much of Monday afternoon tackling a fire on the M1.
The fire involved a car transporter and nine vehicles on the hard shoulder of the M1 northbound between junctions 30 and 31.
Rotherham, Maltby and Mosborough fire crews tackled the incident, having been called to it at around 12.45pm.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Barnsley firefighters rescued a 3 year-old horse from a pond in Honeywell on Thursday morning.
They were called to a field at Willow Bank shortly after 8am, and found the horse, Mungo, stranded with his head just above the water.
A line was attached to the horse’s head collar to pull him out of the pond, and he was able to stand shortly after reaching dry land.
Mungo’s owner Vanda Ramsden said: “They saved Mungo’s life. He would not have been able to get out himself, and his head was only just above the water when we found him. The firefighters were amazing. I cannot thank them enough.”
A fire service spokesman said: "It’s thought Mungo became struck after wandering down to the pond to drink some water. The rescue took around 1 hour."