It comes with the launch of a national campaign and UK figures showing that only half of all householders regularly check their alarms.
A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and dial 999.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “Without a working smoke alarm you are four times more likely to die in a fire. There are also more hazards at home during the winter months such as electric heaters and drying clothes.
“Make sure you test your smoke alarms now and then get into the habit of testing them every week. They can save your life.”’
The Government Fire Kills advertising campaign runs for a month from January across radio, print, digital and social media. It features friendly smoke alarms telling people to make time for their “unsung heroes” by regularly testing them.
Making your home safer:
- Fit smoke alarms on every floor of your home
- Make testing the alarm part of your household routine in three simple steps:
- Test it by pressing the button once a week
- Change the batteries once a year if your alarm has removable batteries
- Clean the alarms casing every six months to ensure dust is not blocking the sensor
- Never remove the batteries unless they are being replaced
- Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and knows the escape route