The fire alarms Security Red Alert are able to provide vary from those suitable for the
home to those used to protect factories and office blocks. These fire alarms are linked directly to the local fire service and also trigger an audible siren and emergency lighting making it quick and easy for people on your premises to find their way safely to their nearest emergency exit.
A small fire can grow to involve an entire room in up to four minutes. A smoke alarm provides early warning and time to escape.
- All smoke alarms:
- Need to be tested and cleaned regularly
- Need to be replaced after 10 years.
Which smoke alarm should I choose?
When deciding which type of alarm to buy you should consider which type of fire is most likely to occur in your home. Generally, both types of fire are common so the best form of protection would be to choose at least one smoke alarm of each type. Ideally, and to ensure continuity of supply, mains powered alarms with a back up power supply (e.g. battery, rechargeable capacitor) are the best option but simple battery powered alarms of either type will give good minimum protection.
How many should I fit in my home?
The number of smoke alarms to fit in your home depends on your particular circumstances. Fires can start anywhere, so the more that are fitted, the higher the level of protection.
For maximum protection an alarm should be fitted in every room (except kitchen, bathroom and garage) You should choose the type most suited to the risk in each room. For minimum protection the number to be fitted will depend on the type of home you live in:
- If your home is on one floor, one smoke alarm, preferably of the optical type, may be enough to provide you with early warning of a fire.
- If your home has more than one floor, at least one alarm should be fitted on each level. In this case a combination of optical and ionisation alarms, preferably interconnected, will give the best protection.
- Do not fit an alarm in the kitchen or bathroom, as cooking fumes or steam may trigger the alarm. Similarly, do not fit an alarm in a garage where exhaust fumes are likely to set it off. Cigarette smoke will not normally set off an alarm.