Every year the UK Fire and Rescue Service is called to over 600,000 fires which result in over 800 deaths and over 17,000 injuries. About 50,000 of these are in the home and kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000, many of which could have been prevented if people had an early warning and were able to get out in time. In fact you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm than a house that does.
Buying a smoke alarm could help save your home and the lives of you and your family.
To look after your smoke alarm, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions (smoke alarms need very little maintenance). A few minutes of your time during the year will ensure that your alarm is working and could help save your life and the lives of your family. You should:
1. Once a week test each alarm by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.
2. Once a year change the battery (unless it’s a ten-year alarm).
3. Twice a year gently vacuum the smoke alarm using the soft-brush attachment to remove dust from the sensors.
4. After 10 years it’s best to get a new alarm.