Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to test their smoke alarms regularly. It suggests doing it on the first day of every month so it is easy to remember.
It is also encouraging everyone to make fire safety a priority by ensuring they have enough smoke alarms in the home.
Smoke alarms can give someone the few extra seconds they 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 just ten years before it needs to be replaced.
To keep your alarms efficient and 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
Change the batteries every year and never remove them
Make sure smoke alarms are fitted in the right place on landings and hallways and near bedrooms. Also consider fitting them in rooms that have electrical appliances – e.g. a heater or charger – or other fire risks
Check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they’re fully protected
Ian Hopkins, prevention delivery manager, said, “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, fit new ones, test them at least once a month and protect your loved ones.”
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