The removal of batteries from smoke alarms, or failing to replace old ones is the cause of many deaths and injuries in home fires.
Some people remove batteries from smoke alarms because their alarm keeps beeping. If this is the case check you have the right type of alarm positioned correctly. See our helpsheet for more details.
Alarms save lives, but a smoke alarm with the batteries removed or with flat batteries will not protect you and your family. Regularly test your alarm and replace the batteries whenever the indicator sounds. Never remove the batteries permanently.
Tonight’s Coronation Street (Monday, 30 March 2009) highlights the importance of smoke alarms. In this episode the character Peter Barlow falls asleep with a lit cigerette and sets his flat on fire, where he lives with his son. In this case, the smoke alarm has had the batteries removed and the pair are subsequently overcome by smoke and fire and have to be rescued by neighbours, and leaves the character’s son fighting for his life.
Don’t let this happen to you and your family!