All homeowners should make sure that fire alarms are fitted in their property. Why? Because according to UK Fire Service Resources, nearly 500 people are killed and over 11,000 injured in house fires every year. A fire alarm will alert you with a loud beeping if it detects a fire and give you extra time to leave your home safely.
What types of fire alarm can you get?
There are 3 main types of fire alarm:
Smoke detectors detect fire through smoke sensors. If they sense a significant amount of smoke in a room then they will go off. Ionisation smoke detectors are best at detecting fast-flaming fires, while optical smoke detectors are better at detecting slow, smouldering fires.
Smoke detectors are suitable for most areas of your home. However, you should avoid fitting them in your kitchen as they’re easy to set off when you’re cooking.
Heat detectors detect fire through heat sensors. They will go off if they sense a significant rise in temperature, which, in most cases indicates a fire. Heat detectors are the best type of fire alarm to fit in your kitchen as they’re unlikely to go off unnecessarily.
Combined smoke and heat alarms
Combined smoke and heat alarms detect fire using both heat and smoke sensors. This reduces the chances of them giving false alarms and means they detect fires more quickly. Because combined alarms detect smoke, they’re not suitable for kitchens.
Where should I fit my fire alarms?
Fire alarms should be fitted on ceilings, at least 30cm away from any light fittings and as close to the centre of a room as possible. If you can, aim to fit a fire alarm in every room of your home apart from any bathrooms. The minimum amount of fire alarms you should have in your home is one per level.
Wherever your alarms are, you should ensure that you’ll be able to hear them when you’re asleep.
Some fire alarms run off batteries, while others are powered by mains electricity. If you’re looking for a professional to install your fire alarm, click to start your project and fill in our online form. We’ll put you in touch with up to 4 professionals in your area.
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Advantages and disadvantages
- Increase safety
- Can help to prevent or reduce fire damage