Building protection

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors save lives, so fit them in your historic building if you haven’t already. However, such devices cannot protect you if they are not working; regularly test them in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and replace flat batteries without delay. If you have fire extinguishers check them annually to see if they need servicing or replacement. An annual check on your building insurance is also a good idea to make sure that the policy is adequate to cover the likely costs of specialist repairs to your historic buildings.