The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched a new look Fire Kills campaign.
The ‘unsung heroes’ campaign is asking people to take notice of their smoke alarms and test them on a regular basis and sets out to draw attention to the little boxes by giving them some personality.
The campaign comes on the back of recent research which showed people found their smoke alarms more annoying that Piers Morgan.
A working alarm is a life saver and can easily be overlooked as they are tucked up and out of the way. The friendly face smoke alarms will draw attention to the need to pay regular attention to alarms to keep them working.
It is not enough to simply fit smoke alarms. They can only do their job though if you take a few seconds each week to make sure they are working.
If you need them they will be there and raise the alarm no matter what time of night and day and this is what makes them the unsung heroes of the home.
CFOA recommends that alarms should be tested once a week. But, if everyone would test at least once a month then the 160 deaths from accidental fires in the home could be reduced.
In the event of a fire they can save a family’s life. Smoke fumes can render you unconscious and unable to escape a fire so an early alert is the best way so getting yourself and your family out safely.
It is a simple message but only half of householders who own smoke alarms test them on a regular basis.
It’s also important that tenants in rented accommodation. Don’t assume that it’s up to the landlord to test alarms. It is up to tenants to test and report any problems. However, new regulations introduced in October 2015, mean it is a legal requirement for a landlord to make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, if required, are installed.
Smoke alarm safety
- Make sure you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and ideally test them once a week or at least once a month.
- Make testing your smoke alarm part of your household routine in 3 easy steps:
- Test it by pressing the button at least once a month
- Change the batteries once a year if your alarm has removable batteries
- Clean the alarms casing twice a year to ensure dust isn’t blocking the sensor
- Whatever happens, never remove the batteries in your smoke alarms unless you are replacing it.
- Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire and knows your escape route.
Look out for the new adverts on posters, social media, in the press and on billboards and share the word about our unsung heroes, you might need them – one day.