Domestic Fire Alarms and Domestic Fire Alarm Systems in Manchester

Fire is among the most serious dangers we face. According to Home Office statistics, every year there are more than 100,000 fires in buildings, and around 600 people lose their lives. The suffering and financial losses are incalculable - reliable and effective fire protection is essential.

A smoke alarm is a device that will detect a fire in the early stages and give warning to ensure that you have vital extra time to escape.

Why install a smoke alarm?

  • Each year over 500 deaths and 11,000 injuries occur in fires in the home.
  • Many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented if people had early warning and were able to get out in time.
  • Having correctly fitted and operating smoke alarms in you home could help to save your home and the lives of your family from fire.

What type of smoke alarm should you choose? A mains powered smoke alarm with battery backup is the best type of alarm to choose, but a battery powered smoke alarm (preferably with a long life battery - 5 or 10 year life) is good to achieve basic protection. Other alarms can fit into a light socket and re-charge when the light is turned on.

There are several different types of smoke alarm to chose from but make sure that the alarm you choose has the British Standard Kitemark.

Smoke alarms may have other features including:

  • Hush buttons to reduce the sensitivity of the alarm while you are cooking therefore to reduce unwanted false alarms.
  • Linked alarms with this type of alarm all the units in your home are linked so that if one detector activates all the units will sound. This is a good system to use for larger houses or for attic rooms as it gives vital early warning.
  • Strobe light and vibrating pad alarms can be used if you are hard of hearing as these systems will complement the alarm to give you warning of fire using means other than sound.

How many smoke alarms should you have?

For an ideal situation you should have one alarm in each room of you house (except the kitchen and bathroom). A minimum standard is one smoke alarm for each floor of your home. In addition it is advisable to locate a smoke alarm in the bedrooms of your children.

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