Smoke alarms are sensitive lifesaving devices and provide early warning in the event of a fire, therefore it is vital that regular testing takes place to ensure correct operation. Incorrect location and poor maintenance can affect the device.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MWWFRS) recommend that smoke alarms are tested and maintained in the following way.

  • Once per week by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.
  • Clean once per month by vacuuming around the alarm and wiping over with a damp cloth to remove any dust.



The alarms provided by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have a 10-year battery life and at the end of its life the alarm will bleep once every minute for a minimum of one month.

For any other indications of a fault please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions that accompanied the alarm.

If you have a fault with a hard wired alarm, then please contact an electrician or your landlord if in a rented property


User Manuals

Further information and User Manuals can be downloaded directly from the Fireblitz website:

Contacting Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

If you have any problems with your smoke alarm/s or want general advice on Safe and Well visits you can contact us via our online form or in the following ways.