Did you know your smoke alarm needs replacing every 10 years?


Why do my smoke alarms need replacing every 10 years?

The sensors in smoke alarms start to degrade after they are first activated and all smoke alarms have a life expectency. While your alarm will still function when this date is reached, it will no longer be sensitive enough to detect smoke within the time limits laid down in the British Standards and may start to behave erratically.


For smoke alarms to be certified to British Standard EN 14604:2005 alarms must have a replace by date on them. 


Jess Pennington
Campaign Manager

"Checking and testing your smoke alarm really could save your life. Because you don't want the unimaginable to happen and you have a house fire and your alarms not working."


 Watch Jess's Interview

Hear from the family that were involved in the campaign advert



"Before we came to do the filming here today i didn't know that you had to change your smoke alarms every 10 years. Its been a real eye opener. When we had children our whole attitude to fire safety changed"

 Watch Andy's Interview



 "Before i moved into my university house i hadn't considered checking the smoke alarms. We didn't think to find out from the landlord how old they were"


 Watch Ricky's Interview

You are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home if you do not have a working smoke alarm

According to research by Fire Statistics England, the most common causes of accidental fires in the
home between 2014/15 were as follows:


Caused by cooking appliances


Of accidental fires were related to “food” in some form


Caused by misuse of appliance equipment


Had a form of “textiles, upholstery and furnishings” first ignited


Were a result of faulty appliances and leads


By smokers’ materials (such as cigarettes, cigars)


How do I check if my
FireAngel smoke alarm
needs replacing?

Remove the alarm from its base by twisting it in an anti-clockwise motion and check the replace by date printed on the bottom. If your alarm has exeeded this date it should be replaced as soon as possible.



Make sure you're protected with the correct Alarms

Smoke Alarms


As a minimum you should have a working smoke alarm on every floor of your property. Best practice is to have a smoke alarm in the below rooms;


Hallway | Landing | Bedroom | Living Room

Heat Alarms


Heat alarms are best suited to areas where dust, fumes and moisture can cause nuisance alarms in smoke alarms.


Boiler Room | Kitchen| Laundry Room | Loft | Garage

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10 Year Thermoptek
Smoke Alarm - ST-622

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Wi-Safe 2 Thermoptek 
Smoke Alarm -  WST-630 

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10 Year Thermistek
Heat Alarm - HT-630 

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Wi-Safe 2 Thermistek
Heat Alarm - WHT-630

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How to look after your
smoke alarm

Follow these simple guidlines to make sure that its at
its best when you need it most.