Residents in east Suffolk are being urged to test their smoke alarms today and then once per month.
According to recent research, only 28% of all UK households who own a smoke alarm test it on a regular basis. Having a working smoke alarm in your home gives you valuable time to get out of your home in the event of a fire.
There were 229 fire-related deaths in the home last year and it is hoped that encouraging people to test their smoke alarms now and then monthly could prevent more deaths.
To help keep you and your loved ones safe:
If you’re a private landlord, you must fit at least one smoke alarm on each flood of the property you rent out. You must also fit a carbon monoxide alarm in any room with a solid fuel burner (eg a wood or coal-burning fireplace).
If you are a tenant in rented accommodation, your landlord is responsible for ensuring that there are working smoke alarms on every level of your home at the start of your tenancy. However, you are responsible for testing your alarms monthly and replacing the batteries where necessary.
In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999.
Visit www.gov.uk/firekills for more information.