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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.

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.

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

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.


If you are a landlord you must comply with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. You can find details here 

 Remember working smoke alarms save lives!

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