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Smoke Alarms

When you are asleep you lose your sense of smell. A working smoke alarm is your electronic nose and will alert you if there is smoke from a fire.

A working smoke alarm could save your life.

​A small fire can engulf an entire home in five minutes. A working smoke alarm will warn you if a fire starts in your home, giving your family precious minutes to escape.

Did you know?
  • Smoke alarms need to be tested monthly to make sure they are working.
  • Smoke alarms must be cleaned regularly to remove dust and cobwebs.
  • All smoke alarms, regardless of type and power source, need to be completely replaced every 10 years.
  • Smoke alarms should be located in all sleeping areas and in all paths of travel between sleeping areas and exits to the open air.
  • DFES recommends a mains-powered photoelectric smoke alarm.

​Download a Home Fire Safety brochure for more information:

Fire Safety in Your Home Fire Safety in Multi-Storey
Residential buildings

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