Smoke alarms have to be tested and you should ensure your smoke alarm conforms to the relevant British Standard. They have to undergo vigorous tests with engineers and specialist equipment to ensure they are fit for the job. Most major retailers will only offer such products in their stores but it is difficult to know if the cheaper online products meet these safety regulations. If you do buy online, make sure you check the BS!

Every year the fire and rescue service is called to thousands of fires in the home, many resulting in death. Many of these could have been prevented if people had an early warning and were able to escape. You are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm than a house that does.

Smoke alarms can be fitted to the mains but a lot are battery operated. I’m sure we have all been disturbed in the middle of the night by that smoke alarm beeping … indicating the battery is low. In the middle of the night the easiest solution is to remove the battery with the intention of replacing the battery the next day. We all have busy lives and this can be forgotten. You MUST set yourself a reminder … smoke alarms really do save lives. Good practice is to test your smoke alarm battery weekly, but monthly as a minimum, using the test button to ensure it is working. Some of the new smoke alarms are fitted with a 10 year battery that cannot be changed.

As a Company, we have to adhere to a lot of British Standards whilst carrying out risk assessments. Our bookshelf is full of them! They are often updated, meaning we have to purchase the latest edition … all to make sure we are up to date with the latest legislation, to help us to make sure we do all we can to keep everyone safe.

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