Press to test. Monthly is best.
A national campaign launches today to remind people that having working smoke alarms can save their life in the event of a fire in the home, and encourages people to test their smoke alarms on a monthly basis.
Messages will be promoted on the radio, online and on social media platforms.
As part of the national advertising campaign, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people in Essex to test the smoke alarms in their home and those of vulnerable friends and relatives, as well as ensuring there is a smoke alarm installed at every level of 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 and then needs replacing.
A single smoke alarm may simply not be enough. The recommendation is at least one at every level, to ensure you can hear them throughout your home, particularly when asleep. Last year, in nearly half of all fires in the home where the smoke alarm did not give a warning the reason was that the alarm was not close enough to detect the fire. Missing or flat batteries were another major cause.
Lee Lucas, Head of Community Safety, said: "We know that smoke alarms saves lives. Analysis suggests you are at least eight times more likely to die in a fire in the home if you do not have any working smoke alarms”
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to make sure that their alarms are up to date and up to the job.
To keep 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 or in bedrooms. Also consider in rooms which have electrical appliances - e.g. a heater or charger - or other fire risks
• Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by acciden't
• Replace your smoke alarms every ten years
• Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to test their smoke alarms to ensure they’re fully protected.
Group Manager Lucas added: “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 on the first of every month and protect your loved ones at all times”
“Press to test, monthly is best”
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will visit your home, carry out a safety check, give you all the advice you need and fit smoke alarms entirely FREE of charge.
To book a home fire safety visit call us on 0300 303 0088 or contact us online: essex-fire.gov.uk/book