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Fire safety in the home

Smoke alarms

It’s better to prevent a fire from happening, but fitting alarms will provide an early warning in the event of a fire and allow vital extra time to escape.

You may have Mains powered alarms if not then you should consider fitting battery powered smoke detection.

Choosing and fitting your own smoke alarms (if mains powered alarms are not installed)

  • Smoke and heat alarms are easy to install
  • They are available from most DIY and high street supermarkets
  • Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, and in any room where a fire could start. Keep smoke alarms away from kitchens or bathrooms as steam can set them off by mistake
  • Fit a heat alarm in the kitchen. This will detect the increase in temperature caused by a fire but will not be set off by cooking fumes
  • Choose smoke alarms with a 10 year or long-lasting sealed battery
  • Make sure any alarms you buy are marked with a British Standards or European (CE) safety mark. Always follow the manufacturer’s fitting instructions. Poorly sited alarms may cause lots of false alarms

Making sure your own battery powered alarms work

Fitting alarms save lives, but only if they are working.

  • Test yours every month. It’s as simple as pushing the button
  • Change the battery if it starts to bleep on a regular basis
  • Never disconnect or take the batteries out of your alarms if they go off by mistake
  • Some alarms are fitted with 10 year or long-lasting sealed batteries, these should not be removed or replaced as doing so will damage the alarms beyond repair.

If you have mains powered alarms fitted then these should be tested every month.