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Booked your Home Risk Fire Check? Don't forget you can book online and the smoke alarms and fitting are free

Smoke Alarm Safety

Pull your finger out

Smoke alarms provide an early warning of danger, allowing you and your family extra time to escape your home quickly in the event of a fire. You’re twice as likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a smoke alarm that works. Each level of your home should have at least one operating smoke alarm.

  • Make testing your smoke alarms part of your household routine checking them once a week and replacing the batteries once a year (unless they have a 10 year battery).
  • Never disconnect or take the batteries out of your alarm if it goes off by mistake – if you find the alarm beeps on a regular basis you will need to replace the battery immediately.
  • If it is a ten year alarm, you will need to replace the whole alarm every 10 years.
  • Don’t put alarms near kitchens or bathrooms as smoke or steam can set them off by accident – the most ideal place in on the ceiling in the middle of a room so you can hear it operating throughout your home. 

If you are hard of hearing or deaf you may not be able to hear a standard smoke alarm when it operates and so you may need specialist alarms and equipment fitted. We have dedicated technicians who visit people who are hard or hearing or deaf and they will fit equipment which may include vibrating pillow pads, personal pagers or smoke alarms which alert with a certain frequency. Click here for more information about getting smoke alarms fitted

Free smoke alarms, including specialist alarms and equipment can be fitted as part of a free home fire risk check which you can book by calling FREEPHONE 0800 0241 999.

For a FREE text reminder service for testing your smoke alarms visit