Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service supporting smoke alarm awareness month

Smoke alarm testingCheshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the National Fire Chief’s Council campaign in October which encourages people to fit and test their smoke alarms.

The month-long campaign focuses on the benefits of fitting smoke alarms in your home.

Research suggests that you are at least four times more likely to die if you don’t have a smoke alarm.

Nick Evans, Head of Prevention at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Early detection is key and a working smoke alarm can provide you and your family with the vital time that you need to escape in the event of a fire.

“While the majority of homes across the county do have smoke alarms, there are some which don’t. Throughout October we’re urging all homeowners to take responsibility for their household’s personal safety.

“We recommend that all homes have at least one smoke alarm fitted on every level – preferably in a hallway or landing. It’s also beneficial to have additional alarms fitted in rooms which house appliances, such as heaters.

“It’s also important to remember that smoke alarms don’t last forever. The power might work, but the detection mechanism deteriorates with time. So whether they are battery operated or wired to the mains, to work at their best they should be replaced every ten years.”

Below are the six top tips when fitting smoke alarms:

  • Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home

  • The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing

  • Consider fitting additional alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances and near sleeping areas. 

  • Don’t put alarms in kitchens or bathrooms where smoke or steam can set the off by accident. 

  • Replace your smoke alarms every ten years. 

  • Always ensure that any smoke alarms you purchase conform to British (BS EN14604: 2005) and carry the well-known Kitemark.

As part of the campaign Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is also urging residents and carers to keep a close eye on any elderly and vulnerable residents to ensure they have sufficient fire alarm coverage in their homes.

Nick added: “Once fitted it’s essential that you test your alarms at least once a month - or even better, test them weekly on #TestItTuesday.”

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