“The vast majority of us now have at least one smoke alarm in our homes,” said Pete Wilson, Head of Community Safety for West Midlands Fire Service. “Early detection and warning is vital, to reduce the devastation a house fire can cause."
“If you’re spring cleaning or moving house at the moment, it’s the perfect time to have a think about the alarms you’ve got fitted, and check you know how they work. You should have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, preferably in hallways and on landings.
“It’s also important to remember that smoke alarms don’t last forever. The power might be OK, but the mechanism deteriorates with time. So whether they’re battery operated or mains-wired, to work at their best they should be replaced every ten years.”
More top news
A book that has been missing from a Hereford school library for more than 120 years has finally been returned
The body of two starved cats have been found in a toilet in an abandoned house. WARNING: Graphic images
Entertainer Russell Brand has given his support to a drink and drug rehabilitation unit which could close because of budget cuts.