Every year the Fire and Rescue Service is called to over 600,000 fires which result in over 800 deaths and over 17,000 injuries.
About 50,000 (140 a day) of these are in the home and kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000, many which could have been prevented if people had an early warning and were able to get out in time. In fact you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm than a house that does.
Working smoke alarms, also known as smoke detectors, are life saving devices as they provide vital early warning and allow extra time to escape if there is a fire in your home, protecting both yourself and your premises.
At DBD Electrical we can design and install Smoke Alarm Systems for your home and rental properties.
New legislation came into force on the 1st October 2015 for Private Landlords in England regarding Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms, which requires landlords to fit mains powered (not battery) Smoke Alarms on every storey, plus a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance. For more information see www.gov.uk.
There are different types of detectors:
A smoke detector is a device that senses smoke, typically as an indicator of fire.
Heat detectors are designed for use in the kitchen and will go off when a certain temperature is met or when the temperature in the room rises at a certain rate.
They are not meant to replace smoke alarms, but using a combination of the two can provide maximum protection against the dangers of fire in the home.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors:
A carbon monoxide detector or CO detector is a device that detects the presence of the Carbon Monoxide (CO) gas in order to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Interlinked Smoke Detectors, Heat Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors are linked/connected so if one detector is activated, all the alarms go off.