Check your smoke alarms this New Year

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Homeowners are being advised to make a fresh start this New Year by having smoke alarms tested.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue is encouraging residents to make sure they have enough working smoke alarms in their homes - it will only take a few seconds and will save lives.

Smoke alarm batteries need to be replaced every 10 years and should be on ceilings, not on walls or other vertical surfaces, as this could delay the alert of a fire due to the smoke having to fill the room before detection by the alarm.

People who live in a multi-storey home, or a larger property, should make sure there is a smoke alarm on every level.

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “A smoke alarm can offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but most people simply fit and forget.

“They don’t know if it’s coming to the end of its lifespan or not working at all. For most of us, there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe and secure.

“So if your alarm is getting past its best or your top floor is missing an alarm of its own, make it your New Year’s resolution to fit new ones, test them on the first of every month and protect your loved ones in 2014.“