Different types of alarm detection
Some battery or mains alarms can be interlinked so that when one alarm detects a fire they all go off together. This gives you a warning wherever you are in your home. This is particularly important for someone who has mobility issues that may prevent or delay their escape to ensure they are alerted to a fire as soon as possible.
Vibrating-pad alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as monitored alarm systems that are linked to care assistance.
It's also possible to fit extra automatic 'fire suppression' systems at home – that's things like sprinklers. These are a great idea if there's anything that might prevent you from escaping quickly.
Installing your smoke alarm
If it's difficult for you to fit an alarm, ask a family member or friend to help you.
Fitting a smoke alarm only takes a few minutes - follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Smoke alarms should always be mounted on the ceiling, near the middle of the room or hall, and at least 30cm (one foot) away from a wall or light.
Maintaining your smoke alarm
To keep your smoke alarm in good working order:
- test it once a week, or once a month as a minimum, by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds
- change the battery once a year (unless it's a ten-year alarm).
Most smoke alarms need replacing after 10 years. Check your warranty and replace your alarm every 10 years.