Did you know that you’re seven times more likely to survive a fire in your home if you have working smoke alarms?

That’s because smoke alarms gives families vital time to get out, before rooms are filled with poisonous black smoke. The smoke can kill babies and young children in minutes.

“Liking a post on Facebook takes the same amount of time as testing a smoke alarm. And it could just save you and your loved ones’ lives.”

Press to test: Monthly is best

We’re supporting the Fire Kills Press to test: Monthly is best safety campaign, which encourages us all to get into the habit of testing our smoke alarms once a month.

Just press the test button and, if it beeps, it’s working. If an alarm doesn’t beep when you test it, either replace the battery or, if it’s a sealed smoke alarm, replace the alarm itself.

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Getting into the testing habit

With busy family lives, it can be hard to get into the habit of testing our smoke alarms. That’s why we’ve teamed up with WatchTower Giraffe.

The Giraffe is designed to make it easy to reach alarms without climbing on chairs or stools. And he comes with his own full-colour illustrated story book for children. Once they get involved, their pester power definitely encourages us grown-ups to test the smoke alarms each month!

The WatchTower Giraffe costs just £9.99 including P&P. And £1 from each Giraffe sold is donated to the Child Accident Prevention Trust, to help fund our charity’s essential work.

If you need a new smoke alarm…

If you need to replace a smoke alarm that has failed the test, or you’re following fire service advice to fit a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, look no further than our online shop.

We’ve a 10-year smoke alarm with ground breaking smoke-sensing technology. The alarm costs £21.79 including P&P, which is just 4p a week over the 10-year warranty period. And again there’s a donation to CAPT from each alarm sold.

And remember that all UK fire and rescue services provide free home fire safety checks. They fit free smoke alarms in the homes of the most vulnerable families and some offer this service to all families.

Make sure the families you work with know how to find out more. Find details of your local fires service here.