If it is difficult for you to fit smoke alarms yourself, ask a friend or family member to help you. Alternatively, please visit our home fire safety check page for advice.
Living in shared or rented accommodation
If you are a tenant and rent your property, your landlord or housing provider have a legal responsibility to ensure you have working smoke alarms at the start of your tenancy. For more information, please read the information within the fire safety in shared or rented accommodation guidance leaflet.
Smoke alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing
Strobe light and vibrating pad alarms are available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. It may be useful to consider if other types of alerters would also be helpful in daily living. Alerters can often be linked to one system rather than needing lots of different pieces of equipment.
Contact the ‘Action on Hearing Loss’ information line on 0808 808 0123 or textphone 0808 808 9000 or visit their website (Action on Hearing Loss) for further information.
You can’t see it, taste it or smell it but it can kill quickly and with no warning. Unsafe gas appliances produce a highly poisonous gas called carbon monoxide (CO). It can cause death as well as serious long-term health problems such as brain damage.
Carbon monoxide poisoning – what are the symptoms?
Common symptoms include headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
Carbon monoxide symptoms are similar to flu, food poisoning, viral infections and simply tiredness. That’s why it’s quite common for people to mistake this very dangerous poisoning for something else.
Other signs that could point to carbon monoxide poisoning
What is carbon monoxide poisoning?
Signs that carbon monoxide could be in your home
If you have a faulty appliance in your home, it could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Get it checked as soon as possible by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Why should I get a carbon monoxide alarm?
For further information and to find a register of qualified gas engineers, please go to the Gas Safe website.
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