15 August 2018
smoke alarm being pressed to test

​Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to ensure smoke alarms are fitted on every level of their homes, to increase the chance of them being alerted in case of fire.

This month’s national fire safety campaign, led by the Home Office and the National Fire Chiefs Council, has revealed the most common reason smoke alarms fail to activate in properties is because fires are outside their range.

According to figures, 95 per cent of homes have at least one smoke alarm but, across England, they only alerted people to just under half of domestic fires.

Essential early warning

District Liaison Officer Tina Collett said: “It is great to know so many people respond to the message that smoke alarms are important, but it is also vital there are enough present in a person’s home to give that essential early warning.

“A fire can have a devastating impact, with the destruction of possessions and even the potential loss of life.

“At least one smoke alarm needs to be positioned on every level of your home, preferably in hallways and landings. Placing smoke detectors close to sleeping areas and in rooms where there are electrical appliances is also a good idea.”

Top tips to using smoke alarms effectively

  • install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
  • the ideal position for a smoke alarm 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 and near sleeping areas
  • test alarms monthly
  • change batteries yearly (even in a mains-wired alarm)
  • replace your smoke alarms every 10 years
  • keep an eye out for less able relatives and those you care for to check their homes have enough smoke alarms and that they are positioned in the right places