They give you vital time to ‘get out, stay out and call 999’ in the event of a fire.
For smoke alarms to do their job effectively and provide an essential early warning to allow time to escape, they must be tested regularly. Test yours at least monthly to make sure they are in good working order.
Looking after your smoke alarm
Once a month - test the battery. Press the button until the alarm sounds.
Once a year - change the battery (unless it’s a long-life alarm) - use family birthdays, or a special occasion, to remind you to change it.
Twice a year - open the case and gently vacuum the inside to remove dust from the sensors. If it doesn’t open, vacuum through the holes.
After 10 years - replace your alarm with a whole new unit.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Sealed detector units will have an expiry date on and will need to be replaced entirely.
Bleeping smoke alarms
If your smoke alarm is making an intermittent bleeping/chirping noise, please follow these steps:
Check that your smoke alarm is definitely the source of the bleeping/chirping; make sure the noise isn’t coming from another alarm (smoke/carbon monoxide/gas/burglar alarm) by process of elimination.
Clean the alarm as per the instructions above
Test the alarm by pressing the ‘test’ button
Change the battery (unless it’s a ten-year alarm) or a hard-wired alarm
If you have trouble fitting or testing your smoke alarm why not ask a friend, family member, neighbour or carer to test it for you to make sure you’re protected.
If you know someone that may struggle to fit or check their smoke alarm when you’re testing yours once a month, why not check theirs too!