Check your smoke alarm every week in 2018

Testing your smoke alarm only takes a few seconds so make a New Year’s resolution to test your smoke alarms every week in 2018 – and beyond

Two in three people who died in domestic fires had a smoke alarm … but it didn’t work! Help us to help you stay safe*

If you live or work in a multi-storey home or a larger property, one smoke alarm is simply not enough. Smoke alarms have a limited range, so it is essential that all areas of your property are properly covered by working alarms – on every floor.

Insufficient alarms in your property could lead to your smoke alarms not detecting a fire; taking away vital time people need to escape.


Follow these top tips to help keep your property and the people inside safe:

  • If you don’t have working fire alarms, buy or replace, install them then test them. They could save lives.
  • Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your property and test them weekly.
  • Get into a routine of ‘test it Tuesday’
  • Ten-year sealed battery smoke alarms are the best option. They are slightly more expensive, but you save on the cost of replacing batteries.
  • If it is a ten-year alarm, you will need to replace the whole alarm every ten years.
  • Never disconnect your alarms or take the batteries out if it goes off by mistake.
  • The ideal position to install an alarm is on the ceiling in the middle of a room and on the hallway and landing ceilings so you can hear an alarm throughout your home. Follow the manufacturer’s installation guide you received with your alarm.
  • Don’t put smoke alarms in or near kitchens or bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident. Heat detectors can be installed in these areas as they operate in a different way.


If it is difficult for you to fit smoke alarms yourself, contact H Timmins Group.

H Timmins Group are BMTRADA approved to carry out passive fire protection and are members of the Association of Specialist Fire Protection, we can carry out surveys and installations to make sure your buildings are compliant with legislation regarding breaches to floors, walls and ceilings caused by data, heating & plumbing and M&E installation.

*Credit: Fire and Rescue service