Are your smoke alarms placed correctly?

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HOMEOWNERS are being asked if their smoke alarms are positioned in the correct places in their houses.

With statistics showing that the biggest reason why smoke alarms don’t sound in a fire is because the smoke did not reach the alarm, firefighters are encouraging people who have fitted their own alarms to think again about the number of alarms they have and where they are positioned.

Chris Bailey, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety manager, said: “Most homes own a smoke alarm, so it’s clear that we all know that a working smoke alarm can provide those vital few seconds to enable you to escape a fire in the home.

“But in Great Britain last year, more than 3,000 fires in the home didn’t activate the smoke alarm because the fire was outside its range.

“That’s why we are asking people to think about where their smoke alarm is placed and whether they need another in their home to ensure they have the time to get out, stay out and call 999.”

Chris is also urging carers and people who keep a close eye on less able relatives to check that their homes have enough smoke alarms in the right places too.

He offered these top tips:

Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.

The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing.

Consider fitting alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances.

Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.

Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.

Don’t forget to test your smoke alarms regularly.

To book a free home safety check, ring Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service on 01296 744477 or send an email to