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   Home Fire Safety Week    5 October, 2017

The national Fire Kills smoke alarm campaign began in 1988 to encourage people to install smoke alarms in their homes.  Since 2003, the primary message of the campaign has been regular testing of smoke alarms which Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service has constantly supported with its fire safety education and safe and well visits.


Mark continues, “smoke alarms do save lives, but only if they work.  Test yours monthly to make sure they are in good working order and approximately every 6 months hoover them out so they are in the best working order possible. However, smoke detectors have a life span of 10 years and must be changed. Inside they have a sensor that will decay over time, so set a reminder on your phone’s calendar to prompt you about your monthly tests, 6 monthly hoover and 10 year exchange, its that simple!”


Mark finishes by promoting a number of other smoke alarm messages that sit alongside their testing:


  • 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. 
  • Fit at least one on every level of your home and test them monthly. Ten year sealed battery smoke alarms are the best option, and 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 if hard wired 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 Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service for a FREE safe and well visit on 0800 358 4777.

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