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Safer smoke alarm solutions

27 April 2017

According to the New Zealand Fire Service, around 80% of fatal fires happen because there are either no smoke alarms in the building, or they are not working. This statistic is more than enough reason to make sure you have a reliable fire detection system in your home.

Here’s our advice on how to choose and install a safe, Fire Service recommended solution.

1. Choose long-lasting smoke alarms

The Fire Service recommends installing long-life photoelectric smoke alarms in every bedroom, living area, and hallway. 

At Switched On we supply and install the Fire Angel Thermoptek 10-year smoke alarm. Thermoptek smoke alarms combine an optical sensing chamber with thermal enhancement technology. These alarms are very sensitive and constantly monitor temperature changes so that they can alert you quickly in the event of the fire

2. Choose an interconnected and/or hardwired system

Interconnected systems mean that when one alarm detects smoke, all the alarms in the house will go off to alert you to get out. Hardwired smoke alarms are connected to the mains power. This makes them more suitable for a new build or refurbishment.

Switched On can also install wireless, interconnected systems with a 10-year battery life, which are more suitable for a finished property, particularly two-storey properties. The costs for these systems are similar, so it’s worth choosing an interconnected system if you can, particularly if you are renovating or building.

3. Install heat alarms in the kitchens and bathrooms instead

Installing smoke alarms in kitchens, bathrooms and laundries can cause annoying, false alarms.

You can protect these areas with a heat alarm instead, as recommended by the Fire Service. A heat alarm is designed to go off when the room reaches a certain temperature. Switched On can install heat alarms as part of your home’s fire detection system.

4. Install your alarms high on the ceiling or wall

Smoke rises and moves along the ceiling. Placing your smoke alarms on the ceiling will ensure you get the earliest possible warning in the event of a fire. If you must position your alarms on the wall, put them 100mm away from the ceiling to detect smoke and avoid air pockets.

5. If you’re unsure what to do, ask a professional to install your alarms

Asking a professional to install your alarms will ensure that each room in your home has the right type of alarm installed in the best place to ensure maximum fire safety. 

If you need assistance or advice, contact our friendly staff in Christchurch or Wellington. We’re happy to provide an installation quote or to point you in the right direction to ensure you can purchase the safest solutions for your home.