13 April 2021
One of the most important things you can do to keep your household safe from fire is to install smoke alarms.
Smoke alarms detect smoke at the earliest stages of a fire, giving you vital extra time to escape.
This is why it is so important that you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, and that you test them weekly to make sure they are working.
Remember – Test it Tuesday!
Follow our smoke alarm advice:
- You should fit a minimum of one smoke alarm on every level of your home, ideally on the hallway or landing ceilings.
- It’s better to install a heat alarm in your kitchen rather than a smoke alarm.
- Choose an alarm which meets British Standard BS 5446-1 and carries the Kitemark.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions of how to fit and position the alarm.
- Test your smoke alarm every week.
- Replace the battery once a year or consider fitting a ten year battery.
- If you have a doubt as to where to position your smoke alarm, contact us.
For people who would not be able to hear a conventional alarm, there are special devices available which make use of a vibrating pad or flashing light instead of the audible signal. Further information about these devices is available from the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.