The Importance of Smoke Alarms


A Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) lesson which discusses the importance of having working smoke alarms within the home. Smoke generated by fire can kill people and can be just as dangerous – and in some cases even more dangerous – as the fire itself. Smoke alarms give a vital early warning that there is a fire in the home, and it is this early warning which will give people the chance to escape their homes quickly and safely and to call the emergency services. This presentation looks at where smoke alarms should be positioned within the home, how to test and maintain them and what to do if there are no working smoke alarms within the home.

How To Use

This presentation can be used as a stand alone resource or it can be used in addition to related home fire safety resources. Further guidance on how to use this presentation can be found in 'The Importance of Smoke Alarms' lesson plan which is pinned to this resource.

You can find the smoke alarm floor plan worksheet and the smoke alarm testing record sheet by clicking on 'Resource 1' and 'Resource 2' below.  The lesson plan contains suggestions on how to use these sheets as part of the lesson.

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