Working smoke alarms provide vital early warnings and give you extra time to escape if there is a fire. Every home should have at least one working smoke alarm per floor and you should make sure you test your smoke alarm monthly.
They are available from DIY stores, electrical shops and most high street supermarkets.
Look out for one of these symbols, which shows the alarm is approved and safe.
Ten-year sealed battery smoke alarms are the best option. They are slightly more expensive, but you save on the cost of replacing batteries.
Never disconnect or take the batteries out of your alarm if it goes off by mistake.
Standard battery operated alarms are the cheapest option, but the batteries need to be replaced every year.
Strobe light and vibrating-pad alarms are available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Contact the Action on Hearing Loss Information Line on 0808 808 0123 or textphone 0808 808 9000.
Fitting your smoke alarm - The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room, and on the hallway and landing, so you can hear an alarm throughout your home.
Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens or bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.
Test them by pressing the button until the alarm sounds. If it doesn’t sound, you need to replace the battery.
If a smoke alarm starts to beep on a regular basis, you need to replace the battery immediately.