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Smoke alarms

Wake up! Get a smoke alarm!

smoke_alarmA smoke alarm can give you those precious few minutes of warning which could help you and your family to get out safely if a fire broke out in your home. They can cost less than £10 and are simple to install.

In some circumstances North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service will supply smoke alarms free of charge as part of a home fire safety visit. Book a visit online or contact us via our Fire Safety Advice Line on 01609 788545.

Smoke alarms – what, where and how

There are different types of smoke alarm available:

Ionisation Alarms are the most widely available type of smoke alarm. They are sensitive to free burning fires.

Optical alarms are more effective at detecting slow burning fires and are less likely to go off accidentally, or when you are cooking. They are more expensive than ionisation alarms.

You should fit a smoke alarm on each level of your home and test the battery regularly, by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.

Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens or bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident. The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room, and on the hallway and landing, so you can hear the alarm throughout your home.

Remember to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms every year unless you have 10 year alarms which need fully replacing every 10 years.

Private Rented Property

If you live in private rented property your landlord must comply with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. 

The regulations require private sector landlords to:

  • install smoke alarms on each storey of their property
  • install carbon monoxide alarms in the rooms considered most at risk from high levels of carbon monoxide
  • to check the alarms are in working order at the start of any new tenancy.

If you are a private tenant and you do not think your landlord has complied with the regulations, you should contact your local housing authority as they are responsible for enforcing the regulations.You can find details here 

 Remember working smoke alarms save lives!

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