Checking smoke alarms
Did you know? You're twice as likely to die in a fire if you don't have a working smoke alarm?
Mains-powered smoke alarms with a backup battery are fitted in all our properties. We will service these alarms once a year when we visit your property to check other things (such as a gas service), however it is your responsibility to check these at all other times.
We (and the fire service) recommend you:
- Test them every week by pushing the test button on the alarm
- Keep it clean using a vacuum nozzle or brush to remove cobwebs and dust on and around the alarm
- Don't paint over the alarm
- If you can't reach it use a broom handle or something similar to gently push the test button. You should replace the battery when needed. Never remove the battery except to replace it.
If you don't have a smoke alarm, your alarm doesn't work or it's a sealed unit, please contact us to report it as soon as you can and we'll send someone out to fix it for you.
Smoke alarms in the communal areas of sheltered schemes are regularly tested by the Site Officer.