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Smoke Alarm Guide

January 28, 2021

What type of smoke alarm are there?

House fires are becoming very common these days and it is not good at all for anyone because it risks the lives of people and due to today’s modern time the house fire cases are increasing because for the modern look as modern days furnishing and building material is highly toxic and that has changed all the dynamics. It becomes more harmful because when it catches on fire too much heat and smoke get generated. As you can see below with the reports and study shows that data on the mortality is alarming for everyone due to house fires.

With Sydney well and truly in the grips of winter increased heater usage comes with the unfortunate increase in electrical fires. Approximately 2,500 people are killed each year in residential fires, and another 500 die from carbon monoxide. Installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms throughout your home is the first step towards protecting you and your family.

Here we will talk about the most important fire safety equipment for houses the smoke alarms, the smoke alarms are very beneficial for you and your family because if you have a smoke alarm installed at your home or office then whenever there will be a smoke the alarm will alert you and with the help of which you will get the time to escape from the house.

Our experts have compiled a list to help you determine which is the best option for your home.

There are many types of smoke alarms available in the market and when you talk about the smoke alarm the carbon monoxide alarms are considered to be the best among the others from the list or available in the market.

Here are the different types of smoke alarms

Ionizing Alarms

These alarms detect flaming fires such as those produced by burning paper,
however they are not as effective at detecting a smoldering fire given off by a couch or mattress.

Photoelectric Alarms

These alarms ‘see’ the smoke by detecting visible particles of combustion. They respond to a wide range of dense, smoke heavy fires, commonly given off by burning foam-filled furnishings, mattresses or overheated PVC wiring. It is recommended these alarms be installed in high traffic areas between sleeping areas and exits to the open air or to common corridors.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

These alarms monitor levels of carbon monoxide, a silent, odourless and toxic gas that can render a person unconscious in an instant. Carbon monoxide is often emitted by faulty gas heaters and are a serious fire hazard, especially in winter with increased heater usage.

Strobe and Vibrating Alarms

Specialised smoke alarms that contain a strobe light and vibrating pad are available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The pad is placed under the occupants pillow and activates when the smoke alarm sounds. They can also be interconnected with conventional sound alarms.

Strength in numbers

Linking all of your smoke alarms is another important safety mechanism. Interconnected alarms emit simultaneous sounds when triggered allowing for early warning of the hazard and a greater response time.
The linking of alarms be achieved through adapters to connect hard-wired alarms or through the installation of a wireless alarm network.

Our recommendation

The NSW Fire Service recommends different types of alarms throughout your home as research shows that no specific alarm can perform all these effectively. This ensures you’re protected from any type of fire that may occur. If your in need for a expert electrician we’ve got you covered we provide Smoke alarm installation to ensure your homes are well protected.


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