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.
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 your palm and are normally fitted to the ceiling. They can detect fires in early stages and give you those precious minutes to enable you and your family to leave your house safely.
The number of smoke alarms to fit in your home depends on your particular circumstances. Fires can start anywhere, so the more that are fitted, the higher the level of protection. For maximum protection an alarm should be fitted in every room (except the bathroom). We choose the type most suited to the risk in each room. For minimum protection the number to be fitted will depend on the type of home you live in: If your home is on one floor, one smoke alarm, preferably of the optical type, may be enough to provide you with early warning of a fire.
If your home has more than one floor, at least one alarm should be fitted on each level. Our Fire Alarm Installer will use a combination of optical and ionisation alarms, preferably interconnected, will give the best protection. A Fire Alarm will not be usually fitted in a bathroom, as the steam may be a trigger for the detector. In kitchens and garages where steam or exhaust fumes can occur, heat alarms are often fitted. Cigarette smoke will not normally set off an alarm.