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Buying a smoke alarm could help save your home and the lives of you and your family. They provide a vital early warning and can allow extra time to escape if there is a fire in your home.

More than half the fatalities from fire in the UK are as a result of fires in the home. Many of these could have been prevented if people had had prior warning and were able to get out in time. You are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm that a home that does.

Sometimes called smoke detectors, you should always ensure you have at least one device fitted on the ceiling of every floor in your home. Ideally placing smoke alarms in every room of your home where there is a fire risk, and linking all the alarms together.

There are many different types including 10-year battery alarms, strobe light and vibrating-pad alarms for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, joint smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and mains-powered alarms.

As well as fitting smoke alarms in your home, you should consider fitting a heat detector. These are designed for use in the kitchen and go off when a certain temperature is reached.

•    Test your smoke alarms regularly.
•    Change the battery if it starts to beep on a regular basis.
•    Never disconnect or take the batteries out of your alarms.
•    Do not try to replace the battery on a 10-year or long-lasting smoke alarm.
•    In a standard smoke alarm, the battery will need to be replaced every 12 months.
•    Do not fit an alarm in the bathroom, as steam may trigger the alarm.
•    Plan an escape route from your home in advance and it through with your family. If a fire occurs you may have to get out in the dark and difficult conditions.

Since October 2015, landlords are legally required to install smoke alarms in rental properties and could face fines of up to £5,000 if they fail to comply.

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