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With the New Year underway, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to make testing their smoke alarms at least once a month one of their New Year’s res0lutions.

Many people see January as an opportunity for a fresh start.  This year the Fire Service is encouraging everyone to make sure they have enough smoke alarms in their home and that they work.  Testing your smoke alarm only takes a moment and could be the difference between life and death should a fire start in your home.

While the majority of homes across the county now have an alarm/s fitted, most people are not aware that the average alarm has a lifespan of just ten years, after which it will need replacing.  For people who live in a larger property, a single smoke alarm is simply not enough; the recommendation is at least one at every level.  Last year, in nearly half of all fires in the home where the smoke alarm did not give a warning, the reason was that the alarm was not close enough to detect the fire.  Missing or flat batteries is another major cause or operational failure.

To keep your alarm in working order;

  • Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every month.
  • Check that your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old and replace them if they’re not.
  • Fit smoke alarms on landings, hallways, near bedrooms, rooms which have electrical appliances eg a heater and other sources of fire risk.

Don’t forget to take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to make sure they are fully protected.

For more information on fire safety in the home visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk