Make time for your home’s unsung heroes: Smoke detectors

Smoke detectors

Last year over 200 people died in fires in the home. You’re at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.

The Fire Kills campaign highlights how we can help ourselves stay safe in the home by following these simple steps:

  • Make sure you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly.
  • Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine in 3 easy steps
    1. Test them by pressing their buttons once a month
    2. Change your battery once a year (if it has a one year battery)
    3. Clean the alarm casing twice a year to ensure dust isn’t blocking the sensor
  • Whatever happens, never remove the battery in your smoke alarm unless you are replacing it.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and knows your escape route.

Find out more at and support the campaign at and on twitter @Fire_Kills #PressToTest


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