A working smoke alarm is essential. It provides vital early warning and extra time to escape if there is a fire. Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms cost around £5 - £10 and can be bought at most supermarkets, DIY stores and electrical equipment shops.
Request a home fire safety visit and we will visit you at home to offer advice on how to make your home safe and where appropriate fit a smoke alarm for free.
Choose a smoke alarm that complies with the British Standard (BS EN 14604:2005) and carries the British Standard Kitemark or LPCB ‘Horseshoe’ mark.
When a smoke alarm has been fitted it is vital that you test it regularly to ensure it works properly.
Test your smoke alarm each week using the test button.
Every six months, open the case and gently vacuum the 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 is a ten year alarm) or when you need to.
Replace the battery in your smoke alarm if the low battery warning sounds (an intermittent bleep). It is also best to replace smoke alarms with completely new units after 10 years.
You can also buy smoke alarms that have a vibrating pad or a flashing light if you have difficulty hearing. Contact Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) for further information. London Fire Brigade can also fit specialist smoke alarms for you as part of a home fire safety visit.