Fire Alarms

Fire alarms are lifesaving electrical devices to have in place. Throughout your home, property, and workplace, installing and maintaining fully operating fire alarms can make the difference in a life-or-death situation.

Fires can start unpredictably, can differ in severity levels, and can result in varying outcomes. Yet a general consensus is that each type of fire can be prevented or reduced in impact through alarm systems.

Depending on your space and its functionality, certain types of fire alarms will be the most beneficial. At D.R Electrical, we’re electrical specialists, advocating the need for suitable and operational smoke and fire alarm detectors. Here’s some guidance on their importance, the different types you can install, and how to maintain your alarms.

Whilst in some instances, fires can be identified and defused quickly, in others, you’ll be unaware of their engulfing effects. Here’s how to become aware with our fire alarm installation services.

Importance of having fully operating fire alarms

House fires can be extremely dangerous and life-threatening. Even in the workplace, health and safety standards can be low, increasing the risks of hazardous fires.

In the event of a fire, what follows is unpredictable. Yet in the run up, with operating fire alarms, quick planning and life-changing decisions can be made.

A single alarm can detect the signs of smoke and fire, offering enough time to either control the source or to flee to safety. Depending on the type of fire, advice will differ. Yet the most important advice that we share, is to invest in suitable and operating fire alarms, whilst completing regular checks.

How many alarms is enough?

The general rule is that there should be an equal distribution of fire alarms throughout a property. It’s important to install the right type of alarms in the right areas to benefit from full protection. For example, fire alarms in the bathroom are ineffective and can trigger consistent false alarms.

The size of a house or space can impact the level of protection that’s best. A fire can start and develop unpredictably, within any area of a property. It’s best to have a fire alarm within every main room, and most definitely on each floor of a property.

For full protection, you can never have enough fire alarms. Yet for a cost-effective solution, evenly distributed alarms within busy areas of the home, within close proximity to sleeping arrangements and within exit routes are recommended.

Maintaining fire alarms

Installing your fire alarms correctly is very important. An electrician should install your original fire alarm device and can also complete periodic checks and maintenance for you.

Some easy-to-follow tips, for maintaining smoke and fire alarms include:

  • Regular checks, by pressing the appropriate button
  • New batteries every 12 months to increase reliability
  • Back-up batteries to be used within a mains run device
  • Buy and install a new alarm device every 10 years
  • Install suitable fire alarms within key areas of the home/property
  • For large scale systems, in the workplace, fire drills and checks should be periodic
  • Evenly distribute alarms across the property for increased safety

What are the different types of fire alarms?

Fire alarms are designed to detect the early development of a fire, through the display of smoke. They follow with an alarming sound, acting as a warning, to take action and look for safety. As a fire can amount for different reasons, and from various sources, there are a range of compatible fire alarms to consider. They include:

Ionisation alarms

Ideal to install on landings, passing places and stairwells, ionisation alarms detect flaming and fast developing fires. Fast developing fires are usually exposed to wood or paper, which quickly carries the fire. As these types of alarms are less effective when detecting slow burning fires, they should be positioned within exit routes.

Heat alarms

Ideal for the kitchen, heat alarms help to detect a noticeable increase in heat, which is usually caused by a fire. Heat alarms are low responding to smoke, supporting their position in the kitchen.  

Optical smoke alarms

Installed to detect smouldering and slow burning fires, optical smoke alarms are ideal for bedrooms, living rooms and areas with a lot of upholstered goods.

Combined alarms

There’s also a range of combined alarms, which merge carbon monoxide detectors for greater safety measures. Optical and heat alarms can also be combined to reduce false alarms.

Our services at D.R Electrical

With a mission to maintain health, safety, and quality of electrical systems, we at D.R Electrical offer a range of services, completed by our qualified electricians. Offering electrical solutions, for efficiency and reliability, we can install, check, and maintain suitable fire alarms within your property.

Installation, especially of mains alarm systems should be completed by professionals, to make sure that systems are safe, and purpose driven. We can complete this for you, to maintain the safety of your environment.

Reach out for more information on the types of fire alarms and systems that we install.

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