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STOP! Are YOU Aware of all the Facts?

STOP! Are YOU Aware of all the Facts?

Sadly, thousands of people are admitted to hospital due to injuries from fires and smoke inhalation every year. Reducing these numbers is of vital importance and the simple installation of a smoke alarm can be the literal difference between life and death - but what kinds of smoke alarms are available and how should they be installed? Here is the HECAS guide.

Alarm Types

  • Ionising - these are the most popular types and are particularly sensitive to small particles of smoke which are produced by fast-flaming fires such as those from chip pans. As anyone with an ionising alarm will know, the number of ‘nuisance’ alarms (caused by events such as burning toast) can be high and this can lead to users removing the battery, a potentially deadly act

  • Optical - most responsive to smouldering fires such as those from furniture ignited by cigarettes, optical alarms are less successful when it comes to fires with little smoke

  • Multi-sensory - as it covers all bases and is much faster at detecting even the smallest of fires while filtering our nuisance alarms, this technology is becoming more prominent and can detect temperature as well as smoke. These are now used by over 90% of fire and rescue services in the UK for new fittings

Alarm Locations

  • Every bedroom should have its own alarm and one should be installed outside each sleeping area on each level of the home - this includes the basement and loft if you have them. Basement alarms should be installed on the ceiling at the foot of the stairs that lead to the next storey

  • Any level without a sleeping area should have a smoke alarm installed in the main living area and close to the stairway to the upper levels of the property

  • Alarms should not be installed near fires, heaters, hot water systems, boilers or bathrooms. It is also important to ensure that they are not placed near vents, the air from which could funnel smoke away from the detector and minimise its effect

It is also important to ensure that carbon monoxide detectors and alarms are installed in a property and is the legal responsibility for landlords to do so. Look out for an article next week with all the information you’ll need - you can subscribe to our newsletter here to make sure you don’t miss out. HECAS - keeping you safe and warm.

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