Smoke Alarms


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 of 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.

Buying a smoke alarm could help save your home and the lives of you and your family.

What are smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms are self contained devices that incorporate a means of detecting a fire (smoke detector) and giving a warning (alarm). They are about the size of a hand and are normally fitted to the ceiling. They can detect fires in their early stages and give you those precious minutes to enable you and your family to leave your house in safety.

What type of smoke alarms are available?

There are four types of smoke alarm currently on the market – ionisation, optical (also described as photo electronic), heat and combined. Combined Smoke and CO Detector

Ionisation Smoke Alarms:

These are the cheapest to purchase. They are very sensitive to small particles of smoke produced by fast flaming fires, such as paper and wood, and will detect this type of fire before the smoke gets too thick. They are marginally less sensitive to slow burning and smouldering fires which give off larger quantities of smoke before flaming occurs.

Optical Smoke Alarms:

These are more expensive but more effective at detecting larger particles of smoke produced by slow-burning fires, such as smouldering foam-filled upholstery and overheated PVC wiring. They are marginally less sensitive to free burning flaming fires. Optical alarms can be installed near (not in) kitchens, as they are less likely than ionisation alarms to go off when toast is burned.

Heat Alarms:

They detect the rise in temperature from a fire and are insensitive to smoke. They can therefore be installed in kitchens. They only cover a relatively small area of a room, so potentially several heat alarms need to be installed in a large kitchen.

Combined Smoke Alarms (Ionisation and Optical):

These detectors are effective at detecting slow-burning as well as flaming fires – which are both common types of fire.

Let us install and maintain your smoke alarms

Properly installed and maintained, Smoke Alarms could give you those precious few extra minutes in which to make your escape safely.

Let Fire Guard Services install and maintain your smoke alarms. We offer a fully comprehensive service, starting with an initial consultation including survey, and then keeping you fully informed throughout the whole process. Keep your family secure with the very best smoke alarm configuration – contact us today for a quote!