This page provides information about smoke alarms as part of the Council's fire safety advice.
Smoke alarms detect fires at their earliest stages and sound a loud warning to help you and your family get out to safety. EVERY home should fit one!
Always buy an alarm which has the British Standard Kitemark on it, which is BS 5446, Part One.
Many detectors are operated by a 9-volt battery, available in most supermarkets and DIY shops. Some will work for ten years without a battery change – speak to retailers for advice.
Others are ‘hard wired’ to your electricity circuit, so you don’t have to worry about any batteries. Electricians can easily fit these for you, if you are unsure how to.
Fit one on each floor of your home, at least 30 centimetres (12 inches) away from any wall or light fitting. If you have only one alarm, fit it in a place where it can be heard throughout your home - particularly when you are asleep.
Don’t fit them too close to a kitchen or bathroom, where steam can keep setting them off by accident.
Please ensure your smoke alarm is in full working order.
Check the battery once a month by pressing the red ‘Test’ button either by hand or with the end of a broom handle and change it once a year.
Don’t be tempted to take batteries out of detectors at Christmas or birthdays to power children’s toys!
Gently run the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner or duster over the ‘grill’ of the smoke detector once or twice a year, to help keep it free from dust and grime.