Smoke Alarms

A Smoke Alarm Can Save Lives – When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Smoke Alarm?

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Moving into a new home is a very good time to consider the simple but important aspect of having a smoke alarms, have you got at least one in your home? If so, are you sure it works? They are not expensive and can be purchased for around £15 each.

Even if you are not moving house – do check your smoke alarm, and if you do not have one – buy one now, preferably one for each floor – safety is paramount.

Tragically, the death rate in domestic fires where there is no working smoke alarm is twice as high as in homes fitted with a working smoke alarm and although around 80% of the population now own smoke alarms, statistics show that nearly a third of these are not functioning due to flat or missing batteries.

People omit to check battery life, or they remove batteries to run other appliances or because an incorrectly sited alarm repeatedly goes off, caused by kitchen cooking.

Everyone should take responsible for Fire Safety, and I would urge you to check your smoke alarm batteries at least weekly. To help remember, why not try linking it to another weekly household task, such as putting the bins out.

Here are some essential tips to ensure your smoke alarm will do the job it is designed to do – and possibly save your life:

Fit smoke alarms on each level of your home.

  • Do not put smoke alarms in the kitchen.
  • Check the battery once a week.
  • Replace the battery every 9 – 12 months.
  • Battery operated smoke alarm units should be changed every ten years.
  • Consider installing ten-year smoke alarms or hard-wired alarms.
  • Larger properties should have hard wired alarms that go off in each room when a fire is detected elsewhere in the house.

Please do give this blog your immediate attention – it could literally save lives.

For any property related matter when it comes to buying or selling, feel free to call in to the offices of Lynch Sales & Lettings of Woking, just opposite Woking Railway Station on 01483 772000, or visit our Facebook page @

Please do ensure you forward this blog to your friends and family to remind them to act upon this important matter – it does need immediate attention.

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