WITH the New Year underway, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Service is asking people to make one of their resolutions in 2013
to make sure that their smoke alarms are up to date and are in the
right place to protect their home.
Many people see January as an opportunity for a fresh start, and
safety should be no exception. So this month Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging everyone to make sure they
have enough smoke alarms in the home and that they work.
A smoke alarm can give someone the few extra seconds they need to
escape in a fire. But while the majority of homes across the
country now have an alarm fitted, most people are not aware that
the average alarm has a lifespan of just ten years and then need
On top of that, for those who live in a multi-storey home or a
larger property a single smoke alarm may simply not be enough. Last
year, nearly half of all household fires where the smoke alarm did
not give a warning were because the alarm was not close enough to
detect the fire.
So Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to
make sure that their alarms are up to date and up to the job.
To keep your alarms in working order:
Test your smoke alarm by pushing the button regularly;
Check the packaging for your smoke alarm to make sure it's still up
Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your
Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and in rooms which have
an electrical appliance; and
Take a moment to check on your less able loved ones to ensure
they're fully protected
Councillor David Acton, Chairman of Greater Manchester fire and
Rescue Authority, said: "At this time of year, many will be
thinking of what they can do - big or small - to make a fresh start
and improve their lives, homes and wellbeing. A smoke alarm can
offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but most people
simply fit and forget - they don't know if it might be coming to
the end of its lifespan.
"For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our
loved ones safe and secure. So if your alarm is getting past its
best or your top floor is missing an alarm of its own, make your
New Year's resolution to fit new ones, and protect your loved ones