Thursday, 17 October 2013

Tick, Tock, Test Your Smoke Alarm!

'Tick, tock, test!' is the message from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service as the nights start drawing in.

Graham Stagg, Chief Fire Officer, said: "Dark evenings are upon us and as the clocks go back next Sunday (October 27) many people will be thinking about keeping warm, lighting central heating boilers and turning on electric blankets. While preparing for winter, please don't forget to check your smoke alarm.

"We know that smoke alarms save lives. They can give you and your family the necessary warning to get out in the early stages of a fire, which should in turn allow us to get to you more quickly."

Once a smoke alarm is fitted it does require regular testing and simple cleaning:
1. Once a week - Check the alarm by pressing the button.
2. Once a year - Change your battery (unless it is a 10-year alarm)
3. Twice a year - Vacuum and wipe the smoke alarm casing to ensure dust isn't blocking the sensor chamber. (For mains wired alarms, switch off first.)

Whatever happens, never remove the battery to use it for other purposes.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service provide free home fire safety checks for vulnerable and elderly residents. Specialist smoke alarms can also be provided for members of the community who may be deaf or suffering from a hearing impairment. To arrange a visit please call 0800 917 9944 or visit

Mr Stagg added: "The one sombre message I would leave you with is that the batteries in a smoke alarm can be replaced, the lives of you and your family cannot."