Smoke alarms can be lifesavers, if they are working. In fact, you are EIGHT times more likely to die in a fire in the home if you don't have working smoke alarms.
Most people know that working smoke alarms save lives. They provide the vital early warning that allows for a safe escape. But, despite 95% of homes having at least one working smoke alarm, smoke alarms only alerted householders to just one in every three fires in the home in England. The most common reason for a smoke alarm failing to activate was because the fire was outside of its range.
Follow these smoke alarm tips:
- A single smoke alarm is not enough - 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 or near sleeping areas
- Don't put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam could set them off accidentally
- Test your smoke alarms EVERY WEEK and replace them every 10 years
Don't ignore a sounding smoke alarm - even if it isn't yours.
If you hear a smoke alarm go off in a neighbour's property, check it out and call 999 immediately if you suspect a fire. Those vital few seconds could help save a life. DO NOT try and enter the property yourselves if you think there is a fire.
Get out, stay out and call 999 immediately.
Look out for your elderly friends, neighbours and relatives
You can look after your friends, neighbours and relatives by calling 0800 731 5958 to arrange a free Home Fire Safety Check and to ask for fire safety advice.
Many residents on Merseyside will be eligible for the fitting of free smoke alarms, particularly those over the age of 65 and anyone who is referred to us by one of our partner agencies.
Requesting a visit can be particularly important in the case of an elderly or vulnerable friend or relative, or someone who may have mobility issues or sensory impairment.