Residents urged to test smoke alarms in homes

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Fire Kills Campaign, is urging people to test their smoke alarms after research showed that only 28 per cent of all households who own one test them on a regular basis.

Paul Thomas, Group Manager of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

“You’re around eight times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have any working smoke alarms.  However, only 28 per cent of the people who own an alarm say they take the time to test it at least monthly.”

There were 253 fire-related deaths in the home in the year ending March 2019. The Fire Kills campaign hopes that by encouraging everyone to test their smoke alarms more deaths could be prevented.

Paul added, “I’d encourage people in Royal Berkshire to make sure you test your smoke alarms today and get into the habit of testing them regularly as they can save you and your family’s life.  In the event of a fire, working smoke alarms will give you the valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.”

To help keep you and your loved ones safe, Paul offers these simple steps:

  • Test your smoke alarms now or when you get home
  • Make sure you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly, even if they’re wired into the mains.
  • Whatever happens, never remove the batteries in your smoke alarms unless you are replacing them.  Some require new batteries every year.
  • Plan and practise an escape route and make sure that everyone in your home knows it.
  • In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.
  • Test others smoke alarms who are unable to test their own