We have fitted smoke alarms in your home to help detect fires before they become dangerous. Remember to test your smoke alarm at least once a week - we have included a guide on how to do this below. If it is not working, make sure you test the batteries before contacting the Association.
Home Fire Safety Visit
A free home fire safety visit is quick and easy to arrange. It only takes around 20 minutes to carry out – but it could save your life.
You'll get tips and advice on how to keep you safe in your home and avoid a fire breaking out – and what to do if it does.
How do I book a free home fire safety visit?
To book your free visit:
- Speak to your housing officer
- Text ‘FIRE’ to 80800 from your mobile phone
- Call 0800 0731 999.
Smoke alarm testing
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can react quickly.
It is important you make sure you have working smoke alarm(s) in your home. You can stay in control of this by carrying out a regular test, perhaps on the same day each week to make it easy to remember. If you live with others, remember and let them know you are testing the alarm(s) so they don't panic.
How to test your alarm
If the detector is working, the alarm will sound, along with any other alarms in your property that are linked to it.
To do this press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It can take a few seconds to begin and you will hear a loud siren from the detector while the button is pressed.
Cleaning your alarm
Another helpful tip is to clean the detector(s). When you are testing the detector each month, it’s a good idea to use a vacuum cleaner attachment, a cleaning brush, or a soft cloth to clean any dust, dirt, or debris that may have gathered.
Avoid using cleaners on the unit as these may contaminate the sensors. Vacuuming or wiping away dust should be enough.