Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


National Home Safety Week - March 24 to 30

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging everyone to make sure their home has the protection of a working smoke alarm during national Home Safety Week, March 24-30.

Smoke alarms offer the best way to keep you and your family safe from the risk of fire. There is no need for anyone to live in a home without smoke alarms: ECFRS will fit smoke alarms for free, meaning all you have to do to stay fire safe is test those smoke alarms once a week.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Smoke alarms are proven life savers, but only if they are working. Testing them only takes a few seconds but the peace of mind they provide is invaluable and will last all week.

“There is no excuse for not having a smoke alarm in your home and we would urge anyone who doesn’t have a working smoke alarm to contact us and arrange a free home fire safety visit.”

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the home by following these simple steps:

- Make sure you fit one on every level of your home and test them regularly.

- Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine. Check the alarm by pressing the button regularly; change your battery once a year or invest in a 10-year alarm; and clean the alarm casing twice a year to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor.

- Whatever happens, never remove the battery from your smoke alarm.

- Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire and practice your escape route.

To arrange for a free home fire safety visit contact Essex County Fire and Rescue Service on 0300 303 0088 or email:



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