You should have working smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home.
Smoke alarms give you vital time to ‘get out, stay out and call 999’ if ever you’re unlucky enough to have a fire.
And it’s crucial that you test them regularly – we advise once a week. You can use the ‘follow’ button to get our Twitter #TestitTuesday reminders.
A smoke alarm with the batteries missing is useless. If you must take the battery out, make sure you replace it there and then.
Every six months you should open the alarm case and gently vacuum inside to remove dust from the sensor. If the smoke alarm doesn’t open, vacuum through the holes.
Change the battery every year (unless it’s a ten-year alarm) or when you need to. Alarms give out an intermittent bleep to let you know the battery’s running low.
If you don’t have a smoke alarm, we may be able to fit them for you during one of our Safe and Well visits.