IT'S time to make a New Year resolution to test your smoke alarms every month.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is asking residents across Wirral to make sure there are enough smoke alarms in their home and that they work.

Most homes across the country have an alarm fitted yet people aren't aware that alarms only have a lifespan of 10 years before it needs to be replaced.

In larger properties a single smoke alarm is not enough and it is recommended that there is one on every level.

Prevention group manager Mark Thomas said: “At this time of year, many people will take the opportunity to make a fresh start and think about how they can improve their health and wellbeing and their homes.

“Smoke alarms offer vital protection for you and your loved ones, but most people simply fit and forget so they won’t know if an alarm might be coming to the end of its lifespan or not working at all.  

"We are asking people to make sure that their alarms are up-to-date and up to the job.

“If your alarm is getting past its best or your top floor is missing an alarm of its own, make your New Year’s resolution to fit new ones, test them on the first of every month - and protect your loved ones in 2018.”

To keep your alarms in working order follow these points:

• Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home

• Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every month

• Check that your smoke alarms are under 10 years old

• Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and near bedrooms. Also consider rooms which have electrical appliances – e.g. a heater or charger – or other fire risks

• Take a moment to check on loved ones who may need help to ensure they’re protected too.