With the New Year now underway, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking everyone to make testing their smoke alarms once a month their New Year’s resolution.
Many people see January as an opportunity for a fresh start and keeping you and your loved ones safe should be top of the list. Maybe circle the first of every month on your calendar and tick it off when you have tested your smoke alarms?
Also, do you have enough smoke alarms in your home?
The recommendation is at least one at every level in your house. Last year, in nearly half of all fires in the home where the smoke alarm did not go off, the reason was the alarm was not placed close enough to detect the fire. Missing or flat batteries were another major cause.
Testing your alarms only takes a few seconds and can saves lives, giving the few extra seconds you need to escape in a fire. While the majority of homes across the country now have an alarm fitted, most people are not aware that the average alarm has a lifespan of ten years and then needs replacing.
Keeping your alarms in working order:
- Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home;
- Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every month;
- Check that your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old;
- Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and near bedrooms. Also, consider in rooms which have electrical appliances – e.g., a heater or charger – or other fire risks;
- Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they’re fully protected.
Alan Gilson, Community Safety Prevention Manager said: “At this time of year, many people will be thinking of what they can do – big or small – to make a fresh start and improve their lives, homes and wellbeing. Smoke alarms can offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but most people simply fit and forget – they don’t know if it might be coming to the end of its lifespan or not working at all.
“For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe and secure. So if your alarm is getting past its best or your top floor is missing an alarm of its own, make your New Year’s resolution to fit new ones, test them on the first of every month and protect your loved ones in 2018.”
Make the call to request free Home Safety advice call free on: now 0800 05 02 999. For any other fire safety advice, contact the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue helpline on: 01392 872288 or visit our website www.dsfire.gov.uk