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Posted on 28 September 2020

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Home Safety Week focuses on the importance of installing the appropriate smoke detectors and alarms for your home. 

“Most homes have at least one smoke alarm, but as people now have large numbers of gadgets and appliances, having one or two alarms may not be enough,” said Jack Bernard,  Safer Homes Delivery Manager.

“We want to use Home Safety Week as a way of reminding everyone that at least one smoke alarm should be fitted on every floor and, ideally, additional alarms should be placed in those parts of a home used the most – it’s a good idea to fit a heat detector in the kitchen, for example. This is the approach we take when fitting detectors in our homes. And, all alarms and detectors need to be checked regularly.”

As a landlord, it’s our obligation to make sure that you have the correct alarms in place to keep you and your home safe.  If you're not sure if you have the correct or the right number of alarms in your home, or if they aren’t working properly please contact us

When it comes to domestic smoke detectors, the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) recommends:

  • Ensuring there are smoke alarms in your home – not just on every floor, but in rooms used the most.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in all rooms where there are fuel burning or gas appliances. Our gas engineers are able to supply these when they complete your gas safety check.
  • Replacing alarms every 10 years.
  • Testing alarms once a week to make sure they work.
  • Ensuring all appliances are installed and maintained correctly by registered and qualified operatives.

“Detectors save lives and in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide incident, alarms can provide precious time to escape,” Jack said. “Only around 15% of households have carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas, which you cannot see, taste or smell. The NFCC recommends that any room with a fuel-burning appliance such as an open fire, or gas appliance such as a boiler or cooker should also have a working carbon monoxide alarm fitted.

“Finally, be alert to alarms – don’t ignore them (even if the alarm isn’t your own!).”

Reporting an issue

If you have any queries about your alarms, or notice that any alarms aren’t working properly in your home, then please contact us

The NFCC’s Home Safety Week is organised by the NFCC and this year runs from 28 September to 4 October 2020.