We are here to help with the cost-of-living. Visit our guide to access support.

Site Header

HomeHome IconNews & EventsThink Fire Safety: Smoke alarm purchasing

Think Fire Safety: Smoke alarm purchasing

Published: 1/8/2021

Do you have enough smoke alarms?

A smoke alarm is critical for the early detection of a fire in your home and could mean the difference between life and death. Fires can occur in a variety of ways and in any room of your home. But no matter where or how, having a smoke alarm is the first key step toward you and your family’s safety.

The biggest reason for both battery-operated and mains-wired smoke alarms failing to activate in a fire was that the fire products did not reach the detector. Make sure you fit at least one on every level of your home and test them monthly.

  • The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with working smoke alarms – get them, install them, test them. They could save your life.
  • 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 so you can hear an alarm throughout your home.
  • Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens or bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.  If it is difficult for you to fit smoke alarms yourself, contact your local fire and rescue service for help.

If you have any problems with your smoke alarm please call One Vision Housing – 0300 365 1111

Fire safety

Show/hide more

Find out more information on fire safety in your home.

Fire safety

This page was last updated on 02/08/2021