The GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester is the ideal gadget for hotels, schools, offices, hospitals, shops and private homeowners alike.  Giving people the ability to easily test their smoke alarms in those hard to reach places.

This deceptively simple device is easily stored near to your smoke alarm and can be used in minutes to test the alarm without the need to take risks.

The GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester is ideal for anyone with a smoke alarm in their home, but it is particularly recommended if you, or someone you know, is older or less able. Every year falls are a major cause of injury for the over 65s.

  • We are shortlisted for the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award

    By on September 1, 2014

    Purple Promotions are delighted to learn that we have been shortlisted for the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award at the Fire and Emergency Awards, for our work with the Goodpoint Smoke Alarm Tester.

    The awards on the 17th October at the Caledonian hotel, London are a celebration of the innovative working practices, initiatives, partnerships and technology in the Fire and Emergency Services.

    Ian McCord, who manages the Goodpoint Smoke Alarm Tester for the Purple Company said:

    “Being shortlisted for this award pays true testimony to the work we have put into to developing a simple product to aid the testing of smoke alarms and increase awareness of the need to so. It has been rewarding to work on a project that is not only fun and exciting but also one that delivers such an important message to householders and landlords throughout the UK”

    Having got through to the final 3 on the shortlist is a fantastic achievement, fingers crossed that we win!!

  • Don’t Be Alarmed – The GOODPOINT Tester Features In Saga Magazine

    By on August 14, 2014

    Working smoke alarms save lives, which is why it is important that your smoke alarms are checked regularly. We are delighted that Saga Magazine are helping to spread this message by featuring the GOODPOINT Tester in the Caring Solutions section of their August issue! If your smoke alarms are hard to reach, the GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester is a ‘funky and easy-to-use’ way of testing them safely. See the coverage in the magazine below:

    Saga Magazine

     

    Saga Magazine

  • Fire Prevention Week – Test Your Smoke Alarms

    By on August 5, 2014

    SparkyFire Prevention Week may not officially take place until October 2014, but that has not stopped the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from spreading the message about the importance of testing your smoke alarms now.

    The NFPA is an American organisation based in Massachusetts, and while Fire Prevention Week is primarily focused in the USA, the UK Fire and Rescue Services will also be doing their part, as will we, to ensure that the ‘testing your smoke alarm message’ is heard loud and clear.

    Fire Prevention Week was set-up to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left over 100,000 people homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 structures.

    Legend has it that the fire was originally started by a cow belonging to a Mrs. Catherine O’Leary, who kicked over a lamp that first set the barn on fire before spreading throughout the city. The cow and Mrs. Leary have taken the blame for the fire ever since, but it has never been proved that the fire originated in the barn or that the cow was the culprit. It remains to this day, a myth.

    Fire Prevention Week has been running since 1927, each with a different theme, including:

    • 1927 – Why This Mad Sacrifice to Fire?
    • 1954 – Let’s Grow Up – Not Burn Up
    • 2010 – Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With

    In 2014, the theme again focuses on smoke alarms:

    • Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month

    The importance of testing your smoke alarm every month has never been stronger and this year’s theme highlights this perfectly.
    To kickstart awareness for the main event in October, the NFPA have enlisted Sparky the Fire Dog (who you can follow on Twitter) to announce the 2014 theme. You can watch the announcement below or by clicking this link:

    Testing your smoke alarm or the smoke alarms of elderly family and friends has never been more important and there is no better time than now to start testing! Safely test your smoke alarms with a GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester today.

    You can find out more about Fire Prevention Week here, where you can also see all the themes since 1927.

    We will be promoting Fire Prevention Week and so can you. The NFPA have created logos that you can use in your promotions to help spread the word and you can download them here.

    Sparky

  • Make Tuesday – Test It Tuesday and test your Smoke Alarm Today

    By on July 22, 2014

    Testing smoke alarmIf you follow your local Fire & Rescue Service on Facebook or Twitter (and we recommend that you do), you will know that every Tuesday they encourage that we all take the time to test not just our own smoke alarms, but the smoke alarms of family and friends as well.

    We could all do with a gentle reminder from time to time as working smoke alarms save lives. There are many tragic examples where lives were lost as a smoke alarm was installed but not working, and this has to stop.

    Fire can strike at any time and a working smoke alarm alerts you to the danger so that you have the best chance of getting out safely. Regular testing your alarm or those of family and friends will give you the peace of mind that should fire start, you will be given the warning you need to escape.

    It is with this principle in mind that the Test It Tuesday message, or more specifically the social media hashtag #TestItTuesday, was born. Anyone involved in the fire industry, fire safety or security utilise this hashtag to spread the word and remind all their followers to test their smoke alarms.

    It is a simple idea with a very important message, and one that has been fully adopted and shared. In fact, every Tuesday over 200 tweets with the #TestItTuesday hashtag are send from accounts around the UK and in the past month #TestItTuesday has featured in over 1,700 tweets.

    It also just so happens that today is Tuesday, so if you haven’t tested your smoke alarm yet then now is the time to do so. If you haven’t tested your alarm because it is out of reach or in a precarious position, there is a solution in the form of the GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester. A simple device that removes the risk of injury and makes testing smoke alarms in hard to reach places easier. So don’t delay; test your smoke alarm today! Working smoke alarms save lives.

    If you would also like to follow your local Fire and Rescue Service, we have put together a list of UK Fire & Rescue Services that are active on Twitter and you can get following here: https://twitter.com/GOODPOINTTESTER/lists/fire-rescue-services.

     

    Testing your smoke alarm or the smoke alarms of elderly family and friends has never been more important and there is no better time than now to start testing! Safely test your smoke alarms with a GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester today.

    You can find out more about Fire Prevention Week here, where you can also see all the themes since 1927.

    We will be promoting Fire Prevention Week and so can you. The NFPA have created logos that you can use in your promotions to help spread the word and you can download them here.

     

  • Time to Test

    By on July 1, 2014

    First of the MonthNot only is today #TestItTuesday, but it’s also the first of the month – July 1st to be precise, and the perfect opportunity to test not only your own smoke alarms but friends and families as well. If you are only able to test your own alarm, then reminding others to test theirs can be just as effective. Smoke alarms may be installed, but without regular testing they may not be working when you need them the most.

    Working smoke alarms saves lives!

    The First of the Month – Time to Test campaign was set-up by the Government to encourage more and more people to put their finger on the button and test their smoke alarms. To get the message across to a wide an audience as possible, Fire Kills have utilised videos to further emphasise the importance of testing smoke alarms. You can watch the videos by clicking the links below:

    Ever tried testing your smoke alarm this way? How do you normally test your smoke alarm?
    While both options are fun ways in which to test alarms, there is an easier and safer option. The GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester removes the risk of injury (testing alarms using chairs, ladders, leaning over banisters) but keeps testing smoke alarms fun. Push the button, not your luck!

  • Fire Safety and Smoke Alarms – The Statistics

    By on June 30, 2014

    GOODPOINTEvery week a story emerges in the news about a household or business that has been engulfed by smoke and fire. In many of these cases, UK Fire and Rescue Services are called to homes where a smoke alarm has either alerted the owners or neighbours to the fire.

    However, there also far too many examples where tragedy has struck and people have lost their lives because a smoke alarm was installed but not working. Take this case in America where the batteries were removed from the smoke alarm, and by the time the residents were aware of the fire it was unfortunately too late: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/06/26/officials-battery-smoke-alarm-refugee-family-hit-fatal-blaze/11392231/

    Put simply, working smoke alarms save lives!

    Our research has highlighted just some of the statistics1 that we think you should know about smoke alarms and fire safety.

    Did you know…

    • You are four times more likely to die in a house fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm
    • Last year 200 people died in fires in their home
    • Over 85% of people put themselves at risk of injury when testing their smoke alarms2
    • If there is a fire in your home and you don’t have a working smoke alarm installed the chances of survival are virtually zero
    • Fire deaths have been halved since smoke alarms were introduced in the late 1970s
    • The chance of an elderly person dying from fire doubles when they live alone and do not have a smoke alarm installed
    • One in eight house fires that Fire and Rescue Services attend did not have a working smoke alarm
    • Every day someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette
    • On average 2 people over 65 die in a house fire every week
    • Smoke alarms should be tested weekly and batteries replaced yearly
    • You should have a minimum of one smoke alarm on each floor
    • Smoke alarms should ideally be placed in the middle of the ceiling
    • A number of Fire and Rescue Services in the UK offer free home fire risk checks and advice. They can also install smoke alarms for you
    • Contact your local Fire and Rescue service to find out if this service is available in your area

    Testing your smoke alarm only takes a minute and can save lives. A GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester is the safest way to test smoke alarms and is also a great reminder to do so regularly.


    1 Sources: Fire Kills – Smoke Alarms – Know The Facts / Older People Radio Ad & Fire Safety In The Home

    2 GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester Research – 1,000 Individuals Surveyed

  • Health and Safety Week!

    By on June 17, 2014

    Health and Safety WeekAll this week (16th-20th June) is Health and Safety Week in the UK and the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of safety when testing smoke alarms.

    We’ll start with the facts – Did you know that over 85% of people put themselves at risk when testing their smoke alarm?1

    85% is a very high figure indeed, but when you consider the different methods that people adopt to test their smoke alarm it is easy to understand why.

    When it comes to testing smoke alarms or stopping them from beeping, the following are the most common approaches:

    • Standing on a chair
    • Standing on a stepladder
    • Leaning over a banister or landing

    While not strictly a method for testing smoke alarms, burning food while cooking was another example people gave as a way of knowing their smoke alarms were working! What this doesn’t answer however is how they then reset them, but we can be pretty sure one of the options above would be used.

    First and foremost, working smoke alarms save lives and we can’t emphasise enough how important it is that they are regularly tested. That said, testing smoke alarms can put you at risk of injury, especially when using a chair or leaning over a banister to do so. One slip or fall could result in broken bones or worse, and that is where the GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester comes in.

    The GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester was an idea developed by Philip Martin, Community Safety Manager for Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue and puts an end to unnecessary risks associated with testing smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are normally located in hard to reach places that can only be accessed with the aid of a chair or stepladder, which increases the likelihood of injury. This is probably one of the reasons why they are so rarely tested. The GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester is designed to change this perception and is a simple to use device that makes testing smoke alarms a quick process, but most importantly removing the risk to personal safety.

    Don’t put your safety at risk when testing your own or someone less able’s smoke alarm. Don’t risk it- safe test it!


    1 Results taken from a survey or 1,000 people

  • Have you heard of the Fire Kills Campaign?

    By on June 11, 2014
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    (c) Fire Kills Campaign

    Founded in 1988, the Fire Kills campaign was set-up by the UK Government to address the growing number of household fires in the UK, and since its inception the number of accidental deaths in the home has more than halved.

    Before the campaign was launched, only 1 out of 10 households had a smoke alarm installed, today that figure is closer to 9 out of 10, but that has only meant a shift in the Fire Kills campaigns objectives. Having a smoke alarm installed is one thing, but making sure they are working is another and getting people to test them regularly is where the challenge now lies.

    The importance of a working smoke alarm cannot be underestimated. Did you know that 28% of fire fatalities occur where a smoke alarm is fitted but isn’t working? Or that you are four times more likely to die in a house fire where there is no working smoke alarm?

    Having a working smoke alarm that is tested regularly saves lives. It is as simple as that. The UK Government through the Fire Kills campaign is continuing to push this message through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well as radio.

    In fact, the Fire Kills 2012 hard-hitting radio advert was cited as the ‘most creatively effective’ by the Radio Advertising Bureau and only last month, Fire Kills launched a new radio campaign encouraging people to test the smoke alarms of elderly people they know that live alone and may need help. You can listen to the Fire Kills Elderly radio ads by clicking the links below:

    Elderly Ad 1
    Elderly Ad 2
    Elderly Ad 3

    There are a total of 14 Fire Kills radio ads and you can listen to them all via the Fire Kills Audioboo account. If you have a moment, please do take the time to listen to them.
    It only takes a minute to test to see if a smoke alarm is working properly, and whether it is your own smoke alarm or that of a friend of elderly person living alone – A working smoke alarm saves lives!

    Test yours safely today with a GOODPOINT Smoke Alarm Tester.


    1 Source: The Guardian – Fire Kills campaign demonstrates getting more for less

  • Press Release – Service invents new way to keep people safe

    By on May 30, 2013

    Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has partnered with award-winning home care provider Home Instead Senior Care to keep its clients safer in their homes using a new invention.

    The Service has designed a smoke alarm testing stick which will help people check their alarms without having to stand on a stool or stepladder.

    Now Caregivers working for Home Instead in Exeter and East Devon are carrying the ‘pip sticks’ on their rounds and use them to test the smoke alarms at clients’ homes when they visit.

    Watch Manager Gareth Sydenham, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “This device makes it even easier for the care assistants to check that smoke alarms are working. It only takes a few seconds but it can make the difference between life and death in an emergency.”

    Home Instead Senior Care provides non-medical care for older people in their own homes in Exeter and East Devon and 125 other locations around the UK.

    Director of Home Instead, Mark McGlade, said: “This is a perfect match for us because we focus on the client’s wellbeing and safety as a matter of course during every visit.

    “The average length of a typical home care visit in the UK is 18 minutes but at Home Instead our visits are no less than one or two hours because we do what our clients would like us to do, be that home help, personal care, hospital appointments, going shopping or taking them for a pub lunch.”

    During the first week that caregivers started using the new devices, one client asked for additional smoke alarms after having them checked. The product has been developed with Exeter-based supplier The Purple Company.

    ● Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be attending an Older Person’s Information Day at Budleigh Salterton Public Hall on 31 May, 12.30-4.30pm, organised by Home Instead. Lots of other community service organisations will also be on hand to provide advice to older people and their families at the free event.

    Source: dsfire.gov.uk