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The key word there is WORKING. Smoke alarms with dead batteries cannot keep you and your family alive. And smoke alarms older than than 8 years may no longer work properly. Have no idea how old your smoke alarms are? Their date of manufacture is printed on them. If yours has no date, then it was made before manufacturers were required to include the date  - so it has definitely expired, and it’s time to get a new smoke alarm.

Every year the Fire and Rescue Service is called to over 600,000 fires which result in over 800 deaths and over 17,000 injuries.

About 50,000 (140 a day) of these are in the home and kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000, many which could have been prevented if people had an early warning and were able to get out in time. In fact you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm than a house that does.

Buying a smoke alarm could help save your home and the lives of you and your family.

LOOKING AFTER YOUR SMOKE ALARM
Follow the manufacturers’ instructions – smoke alarms need very little maintenance. A few minutes of your time during the year will ensure that your alarm is working and could help save your life and the lives of your family. You should:

-Once a week test each alarm by pressing the test button till the alarm sounds
-Once a year change the battery (unless it’s a ten-year alarm)
-Twice a year gently vacuum the smoke alarm using the soft-brush attachment to remove dust from the sensors
-After 10 years it’s best to get a whole new alarm.

 

Smoke alarm checklist

 

 

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