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Have you tested your Smoke Alarm ?


Have you tested your Smoke Alarm ? is the message from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service.


Fire safety in the home is essential in order to keep you and your family safe. The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with working smoke alarms




Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home. The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room, and on the hallway and landing, so you can hear an alarm throughout your home. Don’t forget to test your smoke alarms at least once a month.


It is essential you don’t forget to test your smoke alarms. You should test them at least once a month. Don’t forget and put your home and family at risk!


Top tips for purchasing and installing smoke alarms

  • Smoke alarms must conform to the British Standard 5446 and display the kite mark

  • Follow the manufacturers’ instructions when installing

  • The best protection is obtained by fitting a smoke alarm in each room – but not the kitchen or bathroom

  • Best practice is to have mains-powered alarms that are linked together

  • The minimum recommended level of provision is to fit a smoke alarm on each floor of your home, at the bottom of the staircase and on each upstairs landing

  • If only one smoke alarm is to be installed, make sure that it is fitted in a place where it can be heard throughout your home – particularly when you are asleep

  • They are designed to be fitted at least 30cm from walls and light fittings

  • Alarms should not be fixed next to or directly above heaters or air conditioning outlets

  • If your home is on one level, you should fit at least one smoke alarm in the hallway between the living and sleeping areas

  • Some alarms can be linked together so that if one of them senses smoke, all of them will sound – this can provide the earliest possible warning

  • Smoke alarms should be tested every month by pressing the test button – follow us on Twitter for reminders to test them

  • Vacuum the inside of the alarm regularly to ensure that dust is not blocking the sensor chamber


We also advise you never to ignore your neighbours smoke alarm. By taking action, you could help save a life.



For more saftey tips and advice visit Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service web site



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