Make sure your home is fitted with at least one smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are cheap and easy to install, and can be bought at any DIY or electrical shop for as little as £5. Make sure you buy an alarm that meets British Standards, and remember to test the batteries regularly to check they are still working.
Often – if you are on benefits, your local fire department will fit them for you FOC
All modern alarms have a ‘functional life’, usually 10 years. If you have smoke alarms with no date on them, they are probably due for a change.
Please stay safe in 2011.
For advice, contact the fire brigade or D A Woolgar.