Only working smoke alarms save lives – test yours weekly #testittuesday
Smoke, the silent killer, is responsible for over half of all deaths in accidental fires in the home.
A working smoke alarm is the best way of preventing injury or death in a house fire. A smoke alarm can give people an early warning, giving you the extra seconds needed to escape.
Make your home safer:
- Fit a smoke alarm on every floor of your home
- Position smoke alarms on the ceiling – the hall or landing are good locations
- Regularly check smoke alarms, make it part of your household routine:
Test it – by pressing the button once a week – it should make a loud bleeping noise
Change it – the batteries once a year if your smoke alarms have removable batteries
Clean it – dust the smoke alarm casing regularly to stop dust/dirt blocking the sensors
- Never remove the smoke alarm batteries unless they are being replaced
- Make sure everyone in your home knows how to escape in the event of a fire
- Support your friends, family or neighbours to check their smoke alarms too
Smoke alarms – landlords and tenants:
If your home is rented then the new safety laws for landlords that came into force on 1 October 2015 make it compulsory for all landlords to fit smoke alarms in rented homes, and also to offer protection against carbon monoxide poisoning. Landlords must:
- Fit at least one smoke alarm on each floor of the premises
- Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms containing solid fuel appliances
- Check at start of new tenancy that alarms are working
Tenants are required to check that alarms are working regularly and notify landlord of problems.