Smoke Alarms & Detectors
A working smoke alarm may save a life- it could be that simple
Smoke alarms can detect the presence of a fire at its early stages, long before you can smell or hear it.....those precious seconds or minutes may be all you need to escape safely.
We supply a range of detectors from leading and respected manufacturers. We stock the traditional ionisation alarms, optical detectors and the more modern combined detectors. We also have some specialist alarms including heat detectors, ones with an integral emergency light or even "toast proof" fire alarms.
If you are retro-fitting a smoke alarm then most people opt for a battery powered one, although we do sell hard-wired or mains powered versions. Fitting is simple, swift and once installed they require very little routine maintenance.
Depending on your property size, it is likely that you will require more than one alarm. Rememebr you need to abale to hear them when you are asleep or when doors are shut. For this reason we do offer various double-packs. Buying from us is 100% safe
How Many Alarms Do I Need?
Fires can, and do, start anywhere. Thus the more alarms you have the better the chance of early detection. For a single story home the very minimum we suggest is one, probably situated between the sleeping and living rooms. For a two-storey house the bare minium is two alarms with one alrm fitted per floor. Where you have two alarms it is often sensible to use differing detection methds between the alarms i.e. ionisation and optical.
Where Do I fit My Alarm?
Most smoke alarms are simply fixed direct to your ceiling, usually with screws. Fit your alarm as close as possbile to the centre of the room so as to avoid spaces where the air doesnt circulate freely.
Keep the alarms at least 30cm away from the walls and light fittings.
Whatever you do make sure that the alarm can be heard throuhgout the house- take particular care that you can hear it from the bedrooms.
For homes that are spread across one level we suggest the hallway between the living and bedroom. For homes spread over two or more levels then we suggest one alrm per floor. Again, on the gound floor we would suggest the hallway and on the upper floors on every landing area.
Always follow the manufacturers instructions.
Where NOT To Put Your Alarm
As a general rule do not fit an alarm in the kitchen or batroom as the cooking fumes or steam respectively, will cause the alrm to trigger. You can however buy specific alarms that are desinged to be used in kitchens.
We do not suggest fitting a traditional alarm in the garage as again the vehicle exhaust fumes can trigger them. In this instance a heat-based detector would be best suited.
Do not fit alarms where you cannot reach them to either test them or to replace the batteries for example. So avoid fitting over the stair well for example.
Do not fit in a cupboard, wardrobe, airing cupbaord or the like.
Remeber, only a working alarm has the potential to save a life- test it weekly and replace batteries at least yearly.