Where to Install Domestic Smoke and Heat Alarms

27th November 2017

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Fire safety is an important topic. Between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017, fire killed 325 people and injured 8,897[1]. Therefore, it is imperative that you have the right fire detection in place to protect you and your family in the event of a fire at home.

However, it is not only essential that you have detectors installed in your house, but also that they are installed correctly and in the right locations.

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Selecting the Right Alarm Type

Fires can start anywhere in a property, and different fires produce different kinds of smoke. Soft furnishings, televisions and hi-fis can cause thick, dense smoke, whereas paper fires can burn cleanly, resulting in heat, but little smoke. Cooking fumes can also interfere with some detection types, resulting in false activations. With this in mind, it is crucial that you select the best detection type to suit the room.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are best suited to bedrooms. They react to fast, flaming fires such as those involving clothing.

Optical Thermal Smoke Alarms

Optical thermal smoke alarms are best for detecting slow, smouldering fires such as electrical fires or soft furnishing fires. Therefore, these types of detectors are well suited to hallways, landings, living rooms and dining rooms.

Heat Alarms

Heat alarms react to heat and are not affected by kitchen fumes or grease. These alarms are best suited to kitchens and garages.

Where to Install Smoke and Heat Alarms

Smoke and heat alarms should be fitted on the ceiling, as close to the centre of the room as possible. However, they must be at least 50cm (20 inches) from any walls or light fittings to avoid dead air in the corners that smoke may not reach or possible obstruction from light fittings.

Which Heat and Smoke Alarms to Choose?

Honeywell X-Series Heat, Smoke and CO Alarms

Honeywell X-Series heat and smoke alarms have been designed with landlords and the safety-conscious homeowner in mind. All devices in the X-Series smoke and heat detector range are incredibly reliable and carry out automatic self-checks to ensure maximum efficiency.

Add-ons

Many smoke and heat alarms can be interconnected to provide an advanced warning of fire. Domestic heat, smoke and CO alarms such as Honeywell’s X-Series can be interconnected via a wireless plug-in module. This means that as soon as one of the connected alarms detects an issue, all of the devices will sound, providing an increased warning of fire. This is particularly advantageous for larger properties or in properties where the occupants may need more time to get to safety, such as the elderly.

Don’t Forget Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, odourless gas. CO is highly toxic to humans and animals and is often referred to as the ‘Silent Killer’ as it is difficult to detect. Having CO detectors installed in the proper locations is critical. Honeywell’s X-Series CO alarm can also interconnect wirelessly with X-Series heat and smoke detectors to provide increased detection and advanced warning.

If you are unsure of the best place to install heat, smoke or CO alarms, we recommend that you seek the help of a qualified professional.


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[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables

Mark Redfearn

Posted by Mark Redfearn

Mark is the technical services manager at Eurofyre.

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