Check your smoke alarm, weekly

Fires in the home – a few facts
  • You are twice as likely to die in a fire if you don’t have an operational smoke alarm
  • 18 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm was flat or missing
  • Over half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents
  • 3 fires a day are started by candles
  • Every 3 days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette
  • Faulty electrical appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets cause around 7000 house fires across the country every year
Smoke Alarms Saves Lives
  • Fit smoke alarms on every level of your home for extra safety
  • Smoke alarms are cheap and easy to install, they are available from DIY stores, most high street supermarkets and online
  • There are a variety of different models to choose from
  • Look out for one of these symbols, , it shows the alarm is approved and safe.
Make sure your smoke alarm works
  • Test the batteries in your smoke alarm every week
  • Remember to change the batteries every year and never remove them altogether
  • Never disconnect or take the batteries out of your alarm if it goes off by mistake
  • Standard battery operated alarms are the cheapest option, but the batteries need to be replaced every year
  • A lot of people forget to test the batteries, so longer life batteries are better
  • An alarm with a ten year battery is the better option while mains operated with battery back up are the best option
  • Make testing your smoke alarm part of your regular household routine
  • Testing is very simple by just pressing a button until the alarm sounds. If it doesn’t sound, it is recommended that you replace the smoke alarm itself
  • If your smoke alarm starts to beep on a regular basis, you need to replace the battery immediately, on a 10 year alarm then the whole alarm will need to be replaced

Remember TEST YOUR ALARM on a weekly basis