As well as operating under a reactive capacity (for example, if there’s a fire, you dial 999 and the fire service will attend to put the fire out), most fire services also have a pro active branch to their work – which usually means you can get a free fire safety check and a free smoke detector from the fire service in your local area.
This branch of work is designed to help prevent fires from happening in the first place, and are usually run by volunteers who offer their time in the local community to improve awareness about fire and the danger of fires, offer free advice on fire prevention and detection and offering safe and well visits.
These people are highly trained in fire safety and will also offer you additional advice on how to make your home as safe as possible.
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Can I Get A Free Smoke Detector From The Fire Service?
Getting a free smoke detector from the fire service depends on the county which you live in and your local fire service policy on free smoke detector installation.
In many cases, certain eligibility requirements must be met, an example of some of these requirements are:
- You’re over 75 years of age.
- You or someone you live with is disabled.
- You or someone you live with are classed as vulnerable.
If you are able to buy and fit a smoke alarm or smoke detector yourself, please do so (and have a look at our article: Best Smoke Detectors For Home Use (UK Top 3)
Please leave these services open and available for those who truly need them.
You can buy a cheap smoke detector here.
Self And Well Visits
Almost all fire services in the UK are part of the Safe And Well Initiative.
Safe And Well is the name they give to community visits to homes (and sometimes businesses) where free fire prevention and detection advice is given.
In some cases, free smoke alarms and installation are also offered.
The offer of a free smoke detector from the fire service is even more pertinent in the current financial climate, as there is evidence to suggest that the cost of living crisis is having an impact on fire alarm safety in homes around the UK, with more people prioritising essentials over safety.
Buy And Install Your Own?
Once again, if you are able to afford a smoke detector and fit it yourself – please do so. A smoke detector will cost you £10 or less, and are easily fitted if you are able bodied.
Getting a free smoke detector from the fire service should be left open to those who truly need the help.
Safe & Well Home visits are designed for elderly and vulnerable people, and most will need you to meet eligibility requirements in order for you to qualify for these visists anyway.
How To Check If You Can Get A Free Alarm
Thankfully, we did the hard work for you below, just find your local area in the tables below, click on the link, and it will take you directly to the page that offers either Safe & Well Visits and/or free smoke detectors and installation.
Some even offer free carbon monoxide alarms too.
Please note: Last update: 15 May 2023. All info was correct at the time of publication. Please check the site by clicking the website link for the latest information. Some policies may have changed since this was published as we cannot possibly check them all on a regular basis.
*May 2023: updated links below.
List Of Fire Services – Safe & Well Visits + Free Smoke Alarms
South Western Region
Free smoke detector and alarm installation in the regions of: Avon, Cornwall, Devon & Somerset, Dorset & Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Guernsey, Jersey and Isles of Scilly.
South Eastern Region
Free smoke detector and alarm installation in the regions of: Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire & Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Royal Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex.
North Eastern Region
Free smoke detector and alarm installation in the regions of: Cleveland, Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.
Yorkshire & Humberside Region
Free smoke detector and alarm installation in the regions of: Humberside, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.
North Western Region
Free smoke detector from the fire service in the regions of: Cheshire, Cumbria, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Northern Ireland.
Safe And Well Visits and free smoke detector from the fire service in the regions of: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Free smoke detector/safe and well visits from the fire service in the regions of: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire.
Free smoke detector/safe and well visits from the fire service in the regions of: Hereford and Worcester, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.
Free smoke detector/safe and well visits from the fire service in the regions of: Mid and West Wales, North Wales and South Wales.
Free smoke detector/safe and well visits from the fire service in the regions of: London Fire Brigade
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Free smoke detector/safe and well visits from the fire service in the regions of: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
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Please do take action today. You will find that all numbers and websites listed here are genuinely there to help – ring the number and chat to your local team, and they will find a way to make sure your home is as safe as possible.
Even if you don’t meet the eligibility criteria and you can’t get a free smoke detector from the fire service, there’s no need to worry. A smoke alarm and detector costs from as little as £10, and even if you can’t install it yourself, a local handyman shouldn’t charge much more than that again to get it installed, as it’s a simple 5 minute job.
You could also ask family, friends, or even trusted neighbours to help install it.
Whatever you do, please take action. A smoke alarm will help save your life in the event of a fire. Don’t become a statistic, it’s not worth putting off tomorrow something you can sort out today.
Questions & Comments
If you have any questions or comments about this article on getting a free smoke detector from the fire service, please leave them below. If you find any mistakes or any incorrect links to the above fire services, please also let us know and we will rectify them ASAP.
Stay Safe. Stay Secure.