You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm. A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape.
How many smoke alarms do you need?
The more alarms you have, the safer you’ll be – as long as they are working – so make sure you test them weekly. You should have a minimum of one alarm on each floor. However, if you have only one alarm and two floors, put it somewhere you’ll be able to hear it when you’re asleep.
If you have a large electrical appliance, like a computer, in any of the bedrooms, you should fit a smoke alarm there too. You should also make sure you test it weekly.
All Married Quarters should already be fitted with smoke alarms. If there any issues with these smoke alarms Modern Housing Solutions are to be notified immediately.
Maintaining your smoke alarm
To keep your smoke alarm in good working order, you should:
• test it once a week, by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds
• change the battery once a year (unless it’s a ten-year alarm)
• replace the whole unit every ten years
Please contact RAF Marham Fire Safety Officer, Sgt Simon Marsh for further advice on Ext: 7234.