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Smoke Alarm Advice

July 10, 2013

Do you have smoke alarms in your home? If not, why not? Smoke alarms save lives…

Nearly two-thirds of domestic fire fatalities occurred in homes without a working smoke alarm. If a fire starts in a house, the spread of smoke is rapid and appropriate smoke alarms provide an early warning – giving you more time to get out.

For homeowners looking to protect their homes against the risk of fire, the following should be considered:

  • Smoke alarms should ideally be installed in all bedrooms, in hallways and on each floor of the building. Smoke alarms should be linked throughout the home so that when one is activated, they all sound.
  • Ionization smoke detectors are more responsive to flaming fires, with photoelectric detectors more responsive to smoldering fires. Installing both types of alarms gives homes optimum fire protection.
  • When fitting smoke alarms, ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and mount the detectors on the ceiling.
  • Check your batteries and replace them periodically. If an alarm does making the chirping sound which indicates a low battery, replace it immediately.
  • All smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years, or sooner if they do not work properly
  • Ensure that only qualified electricians or fire alarm specialists install fire alarms that are hard-wired with a battery backup.
  • Where a detector is activated by cooking fumes or steam, a “hush” button can be used to temporarily silence an alarm.
  • There are smoke alarms suitable for those with hearing difficulties – these can use strobe lighting and vibration devices.

For expert advice, contact Metroline Security on 01303 220330 to arrange for an obligation-free home survey.

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