Make time for your home’s unsung heroes - Test your smoke alarms today

The Government has launched a new Fire Kills advertising campaign featuring friendly smoke alarms which will tell the public to make time for their home’s ‘unsung heroes’ by testing their alarms once a month.

A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999. But just half of all householders who own a smoke alarm say that they test it’s working on a regular basis.

You’re four times more likely to die in a fire without a working smoke alarm, but only half of the people who own an alarm say they take the time to check it regularly. We’re encouraging Cheshire residents to make sure they test their smoke alarms this month and get into the habit of testing them each month as they can save lives.

Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe from fire by following these simple steps:

  • Make sure you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly.

  • Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine in 3 easy steps:

  1. Test it by pressing the button once a month

  2. Change the batteries once a year if your alarm has removable batteries

  3. Clean the alarms casing twice a year to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor

  • Whatever happens, never remove the batteries in your smoke alarms unless you are replacing it.

  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and knows your escape route.

A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time should the worst happen to get out, stay out and call 999.

Last updated: Wednesday 20 January 2016

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