Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself is to install working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. These gadgets are easy to install and warn you when you are in danger. Remember: it’s vital to test your detectors regularly to make sure they’re always working.
You should ideally have a working smoke detector on each floor of your home. This will help you to escape safely before a fire fully develops. Your smoke detector will sound audibly and/or visibly to alert you in the event of a fire. If you hear your alarms going off, evacuate your home and do not reenter it. Get out, stay out, and call us out on 999. Don’t worry if it’s a false alarm – we will still come out to check you are safe.
Carbon monoxide is harder to detect than smoke because it is invisible and odourless. It is also extremely harmful and can cause permanent damage to your body. This is why you should install a carbon monoxide detector anywhere the gas may be emitted. This includes near gas boilers, log burners, and any alternative heating device that burns fuel. If you hear your CO detector, evacuate the property immediately and call 999.
If you’re unsure whether you have enough detectors or the correct type installed, please apply for a home fire safety check. You can do this by filling in our online form or by calling us on 0800 169 1125 (opens your phone app). Simply provide us with a few details and we will help you.