Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Take a minute to test your smoke alarms on Sunday

This Sunday as people change their clocks they should take a minute to test their smoke alarms. That’s the message from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Smoke alarms are one of the most important pieces of equipment in any home. They are potential life savers which will warn everyone at the first sign of fire. All homes should have at least one smoke alarm on each floor but as well as fitting smoke alarms it’s important to test them and make sure they’re still working.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “It will only take a minute to test the smoke alarms in your home and then you’ll know that you and you’re family are protected.

“Ideally we should all test our smoke alarms once a week but we know that not everyone remembers so moving the clocks back an hour this weekend is the perfect reminder. Only a working smoke alarm will save your life so take our advice and take the time to test yours this Sunday.”

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe at 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 get 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.

ECFRS will fit a smoke alarm in your home entirely free of charge as part of our Home Safety Visit scheme. To arrange a visit for your home, or a relative, call us on 0300 303 0088, email or fill in the online form found here


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