Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms

Tick tock test your smoke alarm. Photo showing a sleeping child breathing smoke while asleep

Cheshire residents are being urged to check their smoke alarms as they prepare to turn the clocks back on Sunday 27 October at 2am.

As summer time officially ends, we are asking people to prepare for the autumn and winter by checking their smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms have been responsible for detecting many of the 60,000 house fires that we are called out to each year. Many of the deaths that occur each year could be avoided if you look after your smoke alarm.

Recently there has been a 30% increase in cases where a smoke alarm didn't work because the battery was disconnected, missing or needed replacing.

Smoke alarms are cheap, at less than £5, and available in DIY stores and at many supermarkets. Always make sure that they meet the British Standard 5446 Part 1, have a 'KITEMARK' and that they are fitted in accordance with the instructions provided.

More about smoke alarms

Smoke alarm - video

Fire Kills has a video to show why it's important to test your smoke alarm when you change your clocks this month.

When you change your clock, test your smoke alarm - Fire Kills video (opens in new window)

Carry out your own home safety check

Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.

Do the online home safety check

Book a home safety check

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit free smoke alarms for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free home safety visit. During the home safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.

Book a home safety visit for over 65’s

Last updated: Tuesday 22 October 2019

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Tick tock test your smoke alarm. Photo showing a sleeping child breathing smoke while asleep