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Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

Keeping Your Home Safe From Fire.

Protect yourself and your family from the devastating effects of fire by installing a smoke alarm today.

Safe and Wellbeing Visits

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service provides free safe and wellbeing visits and smoke alarms to members of the public who live in the county. We can supply and fit either standard 10-year battery alarms, or alarms suitable for those who are deaf/hard of hearing. If you wish to apply for a Safe and Wellbeing Visit, please contact us today.

PLEASE NOTE: If your property is owned by a private landlord, they must comply with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to £5,000 for your landlord. Please click here for more information about the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015.

 

Home Fire Safety Check 

 

This easy-to-follow home fire safety check has been developed through a partnership between the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Fire Kills and Safelincs. It will take you through your home one room at a time and the simple questions will help you spot fire risks as you go around your home.

The tool will offer tips and advice on the steps you can take to reduce those risks. At the end, you will receive a personalised fire safety action plan to help keep you and your household safe from fire.

Top Tips for Staying Safe

A bungalow house

Where to fit a smoke alarm

  • every level of your home

  • away from kitchens or bathrooms where smoke/steam can accidentally set them off

  • approximately 30cm from the wall, on the ceiling

A normal AA battery

Maintaining a smoke alarm

  • weekly tests (press the button until the alarm sounds)

  • annual battery changes

  • replacing the alarm every 10 years

  • never disconnecting or removing batteries

  • keeping the alarm free from dust

A smoke alarm with sound waves showing it's active

Types of smoke alarm

  • standard battery operated alarms (this is the cheapest option)

  • an alarm with 10-year batteries (this is the best option for those who forget to change batteries annually)

  • hard-wired alarms powered by home power supply (required installation by a qualified electrician)

  • strobe light and vibrating pad alarms for those who are deaf/hard of hearing