Smoke Alarms

The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with working smoke alarms.

  • Get them.
  • Install them.
  • Test them.

They could save your life.

Choosing Your Smoke Alarms

Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.

Smoke alarms are cheap and easy to install.

They are available from DIY stores, electrical shops and most high street supermarkets.

There are a variety of different models to choose from. Your local fire service will be happy to give you advice on which one is best suited to you.

Look out for one of these symbols, which shows the alarm is approved and safe.


How to Make Sure your Smoke Alarms Work

If any of your smoke alarms have a one year battery, make sure it is changed every year. Only take the battery out when you need to replace it.

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 each year.

A lot of people forget to test the batteries, so longer life batteries are better.

Mains-powered alarms are powered by your home power supply. They need to be installed by a qualified electrician, but like battery alarms, they do require testing.

Testing smoke alarms tests the smoke sensor as well as the power supply and/or battery.

Strobe lighting 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