Smoke alarms

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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.

  • If you notice your smoke alarm not working or damaged please contact the Service Centre and they can best assist you.
    Find your contact number smoke alarm Service Centre.
  • 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.