Will your smoke alarm save your life?

You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you precious time to escape. They are cheap, easy to get hold of, and simple to install.

How many alarms do you need and where should they be?

Whatever smoke alarm model you choose, make sure it meets the British Standard and ideally also carries the British Standard Kitemark.

How many alarms do you need and where should they be?

  • The more alarms you have, the safer you will be.
  • As a minimum, you should have one on each floor of your home.
  • You should always have one where you will hear it when you’re asleep.
  • The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room, or in the hallway and landing, so you can hear the alarm throughout your home.
  • Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens or bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.
  • Test your smoke alarms every week. Push the button, not your luck!
  • Change your smoke alarm every 10 years. Like most electrical goods they can stop working – it is better to change them before this happens
  • Think about replacing the battery of your smoke alarm at least annually, why not tie this is with the clock change – Change your clocks, swap your batteries.
  • If you wear a hearing aid, can you hear the alarms when you are not wearing the hearing aid, e.g. at night?

In areas of the property managed by Mainstay, any fire alarm systems in communal areas are tested and serviced regularly as part of our stringent Health and Safety regime and to comply with legislation.

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Landlords did you know, if you rent out your property you must provide a smoke alarm for each storey of the property.


For further advice on home fire safety you can contact your local fire service who may be able to offer a home visit.

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