1. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
A smoke or carbon monoxide alarm will only save your life if it’s working. Never cover your alarms or take out the batteries.
We recommend the following actions for every smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm in your home:
In autumn, dust and insects can get into the grill of your smoke alarm and set it off accidentally. Vacuum the smoke alarm to prevent this from happening. You may need a step ladder to do this.
90 people die in the UK every year because the battery in their alarm is flat or missing. Check that every alarm is working by testing it. You should test your alarms every month. Why not set a calendar reminder to make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine? Don’t forget your carbon monoxide alarms too.
Make sure it is in the right place
You should have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and a carbon monoxide alarm in every room where fuel is burned (this includes gas cookers, open fires, and log burners).
Smoke alarms should not be placed in a kitchen. If you’d like fire detection in the kitchen, you can use a heat alarm.
Do you know what to do if your smoke alarm activates accidentally? Read our troubleshooting tips.