2015: Make time to test!

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to put smoke alarm testing at the top of their priority list in 2015.

During the past two years, around a quarter of homes involved in fire in West Yorkshire have not had a working smoke alarm[1]

A smoke alarm can give someone the few extra seconds they need to escape a fire. It is essential that enough detectors are installed in the home, on each level, because a single smoke alarm may not be close enough to detect a fire. Missing or flat batteries is often another cause for smoke alarms not working.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton, Director of Service Delivery, said: “With 2015 now upon us, many people are thinking about a fresh start and improving their lives, home and wellbeing. There is nothing more important than keeping your loved ones safe and secure. So if your alarm is getting past its best or your top floor is missing an alarm, make it your New Year’s resolution to fit new ones. Don’t simply fit and forget.”

We offer the following advice:

  • Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every month.
  • Check that your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.
  • Fit smoke alarms on landings, hallways and near bedrooms. Also consider placing them in rooms which have an electrical appliance, such as a heater. However, beware of fitting a smoke alarm in locations where it will be falsely triggered, for example, by a toaster or steam from a shower.
  • Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may require help to ensure they are fully protected.

Don’t forget to follow West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Twitter account for more tips and safety advice @West_Yorks_FRS or visit www.facebook.com/westyorkshirefire.

[1] From April 2012 to April 2013, 1318 homes did not have a working smoke alarm, which is 25 per cent.

From April 2013 to April 2014, 1243 homes did not have a working smoke alarm. This equates to 24 per cent.

So far, from April 2014 to December 2014, 951 have not had a working smoke alarm, which is 23 per cent.

All figures are West Yorkshire wide.