How smoke alarms protect your home

Smoke alarms save lives. It is important to ensure that you have smoke alarms fitted in your property. You should have a smoke alarm fitted on each level of your property like the hallway and landing however it is a good idea to also fit them in any room where a fire can start. For example, any room where you smoke or leave appliances plugged in. Smoke alarms are not however a good idea in the kitchen however heat alarms are available.

You can either have a battery smoke alarm or a mains-powered smoke alarm. If you choose to have a mains-powered alarm, make sure it’s installed by a qualified electrician. A mains-powered smoke alarm will still have a battery inside so if it starts beeping this may need changing or the alarm be checked by a qualified electrician.

Make sure any alarms you buy are marked with a current British Standards or European (CE) safety mark, which shows they are approved and safe. Follow the instructions that come with the alarm when it comes to installation as they all work in different ways.

You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm.

Follow these tips to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your home:

  • The battery should be changed once a year unless it’s a ten year old alarm.

  • You should have a smoke alarm for each storey and they should be placed on the ceiling in the middle of the room at least 30cm away from the walls and light fittings.

  • Test your smoke alarm at least once a month and clean it every six months.

  • You can buy smoke alarms from our recommended partner, Fire Angel. However, other providers are available.

How to dispose of smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms are an electrical item and therefore should not be disposed of with other household waste. To dispose of the alarm safety please:

  • Dispose in the waste electronic and equipment (WEEE) bin at your local recycling centre.

  • Do not dispose of it with other household waste.

  • Do not attempt to open it.

  • Do not burn it.

Faulty smoke alarm? Can you spot yours?

If your smoke alarm is faulty, you should take a look at the example models below. Do you see yours?