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Why do fire alarms matter this Christmas?

December 7th, 2021

A working fire alarm in your home is incredibly important as it can increase your chances of escaping from a house fire by up to 90%. This applies to every building in the country to ensure everyone is safe at all times. It is recommended that all households install one smoke alarm on each level of the home, ideally in all bedrooms, living areas and landings.

This is especially important around the holiday season, with the installation of LED lights and Christmas trees which can become a potential fire hazard if left unattended. This blog will cover the different types of smoke alarms available, how to install them and why they are important this holiday season.

Why do fire alarms matter?

The environment inside your home can have a big impact on your overall health and well-being. Here at Superlec Direct, we stock a wide-range of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, from top brands including Kidde and Aico.

Our Kidde and Aico smoke and carbon monoxide alarms stock range are designed to help keep your home healthy and protect people inside. These CO2 and carbon monoxide alarms keep you safe by alerting you to the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. There are many different types of alarms on the market currently, it's good to know which alarm system is best for your home.

What is the difference between Optical and Ionisation smoke alarms?

Ionisation alarms are more sensitive to the smallest particles of smoke produced by the flaming stage of fires than optical alarms, and can be easily triggered by cooking, causing false alarms. This type of fire alarm would be great in areas that may be more prone to fires spreading quickly such as lofts.

Optical alarms have light sensors, they contain infrared LEDs which every few seconds will pulse a beam of light into the sensor chamber to check for smoke particles. As smoke enters, the infrared light is scattered onto the photodiode light receptor, triggering an alarm. Optical smoke alarms are a great solution for bedrooms, landings and hallways, near kitchens too as they are less prone to false alarms from cooking.

How to install a smoke alarm to your home

To get the best response from a smoke alarm, it should be allocated in the centre of the ceiling and away from obstructions. With any smoke alarm you need to be able to hear it clearly across the whole space that it is intended for. The best rule of thumb when installing a fire alarm is to put one in each bedroom, outside any sleeping spaces and one on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet away from any cooking appliances to minimize false alarms. Wall-mounted alarms should be installed no more than 12 inches away from the ceiling.

Make sure you don't install a smoke alarm near windows or doors, as this could interfere with their operation. Always keep manufacturers instructions for reference when installing an alarm system.

Our smoke alarm product range

Here are Superlec Direct, we stock both Optical and Ionisation smoke alarms. Optical alarms are best for detecting slow, smouldering fires in the home in either the living room, bedroom, hallway, landing or dining room. In addition, the smoke chamber design for our optical smoke alarm range has an integrated insect screen and unique automatic dust compensation to help reduce the risk of false alarms. Ionisation smoke alarms are best in spaces that are at more risk of a fire such as a loft.

Check your current fire alarm batteriestoo, this will ensure that your fire alarms are working properly and keeping your home safe. We stock Kidde Safety Essential Alarm Packs if you're looking for a quick solution.

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