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A smoke alarm really can save your life, but it needs to be looked after and checked regularly to make sure that it is in full working order. 

You can do your bit to safeguard yourself and your family against the risks of fire and smoke by taking a few simple precautions. Remember, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the smoke alarm fitted in your home is working -  just follow these three easy steps:

  • Test it. It's important that you test your smoke alarm weekly. It could save your life. You can do this by pressing the button in the centre. If it beeps, it's working. If it's doesn't, it will need replacing.

    If you believe your smoke alarm is faulty, please let us know straight away and we'll arrange for a replacement to be fitted. This can be done by contacting us.



  • Clean it. Keep your alarm clean. At least twice a year use a vacuum cleaner with a narrow nozzle, or furniture brush, to remove cobwebs and dust from around the sides of the alarm and on the cover.
  • Don’t paint it. If you’re doing some decorating, just be careful not to paint over the alarm – it could stop it from working properly.

In the event of a fire...

Smoke is the main risk during a fire and you should avoid breathing it in if possible. In the event of a fire there are a few simple steps you can take to limit your exposure to smoke:

  1. Seal the room. Stuff wet towels and sheets in gaps around doors to seal them and prevent smoke getting in.
  2. Stay low. Remember, smoke rises. It may help to tie a wet cloth over your nose and mouth to help you breathe more easily, but this won’t filter out deadly gases.
  3. Vent any smoke: If there’s no smoke outside, open a window slightly so that any smoke in the room can escape from the building. You might need to close it later, so only break it if it's entirely necessary and always take care not to cut yourself. 
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