A spokesman from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said “An alarm was sounding within the property as HIWFRS crews arrived who were able to release the occupant’s dogs from the affected flat.”
“Firefighters delivered fire safety materials and advice to the occupant and neighbouring flats, before returning to station at 12:37.”
Regular testing is essential – check all alarms ideally once a week but at least once a month. Batteries should also be changed regularly.”
Smoke alarms provide an early warning of incidents and provide precious time to escape. Adequate working smoke detection should be fitted on every level of your home and in the rooms used most often, as this is where a fire is most likely to start.
- Once a month - test the battery. Press the button until the alarm sounds.
- Once a year - change the battery (unless it’s a long-life alarm) - use family birthdays, or a special occasion, to remind you to change it.
- Twice a year - open the case and gently vacuum the inside to remove dust from the sensors. If it doesn’t open, vacuum through the holes.
- After 10 years - replace your alarm with a whole new unit.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Sealed detector units will have an expiry date on and will need to be replaced entirely.
If your smoke alarm is making an intermittent bleeping/chirping noise, please follow these steps:
- Check that your smoke alarm is definitely the source of the bleeping/chirping; make sure the noise isn’t coming from another alarm (smoke/carbon monoxide/gas/burglar alarm) by process of elimination.
- Clean the alarm as per the instructions above
- Test the alarm by pressing the ‘test’ button
- Change the battery (unless it’s a ten-year alarm) or a hard-wired alarm