Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Get them, install them, test them

Fires can catch you off guard, even in the dead of night, spreading rapidly and causing significant damage or harm to people. Remember, smoke is deadly. Smoke alarms are lifesavers, but only if they're in place and regularly checked.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels. Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in every room with a gas or solid fuel heating or cooking appliance.

Top tips

  • Aim for at least one smoke alarm per floor
  • Test your smoke alarm once a week. If you struggle to reach it use a walking stick or broom handle.
  • When choosing new alarms, opt for the 10-year sealed battery type for added convenience.
  • Never take a battery out just because the alarm is sounding or you need it for another appliance
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are equally important and should be in any room with a gas or fuel appliance.
  • Make sure alarms you buy have a British Standards or European (CE) safety mark which shows that they are approved, tested and safe.
  • Remember If you're renting, it's your landlord's responsibility to ensure the right alarms are installed

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.

If you need support with your smoke alarms, or ensuring that they are working correctly, please book a free safe and well visit. They are completely free and available 24/7.

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