Fires can happen to anyone

A couple, living on Orkney, had a lucky escape from a fire that occurred during the night. The fire, believed to have started from a battery overheating, quickly engulfed the garage that stands just a few meters away from their house.

Mr Hemmings was woken by a loud bang and by the time he made his way to the garage it was already consumed in flames. ‘We had a lucky escape,’ said Mr Hemmings ‘if I hadn’t woken up the fire could very easily have spread to our home.’

How can this risk be reduced? Having a heat alarm installed in your garage will give you an early warning in case of a fire and enable you to act quickly, ensuring that the damage is minimised and lives protected.

Heat alarms are designed to deal with the often dusty environment of garages and the fumes that can occur and will not false alarm like a traditional smoke alarm could in these conditions. Having the alarm interlinked with the alarms in your home will give you an even better chance to act as quickly as possible. If an interlinked alarm in your garage or shed were to activate, it would also activate the alarms in your home.

Having a powder extinguisher close by will enable you to tackle small fires and minimise the damage to your property if it is safe to do so. Powder extinguishers are suitable to tackle the types of fire that occur in a garage, such as petrol fires, electric fires and build up of oily and greasy waste.

If you would like to know more about alarms that are suitable for your garage visit our website or call 0800 612 6537

Wireless smoke alarms selection tool launched

wireless-system-selector-toolInterlinked smoke alarms notify residents of a building if a fire breaks out in a distant room, where there could be a risk of not hearing the smoke alarm. Here is an example: a fire starts in the kitchen at night while the occupants of the house are asleep in bed. The alarm in the kitchen detects the fire and starts beeping, this message is relayed to the interconnecting alarms throughout the building to alert all occupants and will also rouse them from their sleep, allowing for a safe escape from the fire. An interlinked system for such a scenario will consist of at least one heat alarm in the kitchen and a smoke alarm in the bedroom or on the landing.

There are different ways of interlinking smoke alarms, most of them involve cabling between each unit. Wireless smoke alarms, however, do not require a cable between each alarm; they pass the signal between the different detectors as a radio frequency signal. This way of passing a signal is accepted by British Standards as an alternative to wiring between alarms.

Wireless smoke alarms,have broadly speaking, four power supply options:

The mains powered alarms, while using RF (radio frequency) signals for the communication between themselves, have, of course, some wiring for the power supply. Each of these smoke alarms is supplied with power from either the nearest light fitting or a separate mains power supply circuit.

Mains powered wireless smoke alarms fully satisfy the standard BS5839-6:2013 Grade D, however the sealed ten year power supply of the Ei600TYCRF wireless fire alarm series is usually also accepted as Grade D alternative by Building Inspectors and fire safety officers. Please ask your Building Inspector or fire safety officer before installing the ten year Ei600TYCRF series if your building requires Grade D alarms.

Each of the above smoke alarm series include a range of different fire detection sensors, usually:

  • Ionisation smoke alarms – Detect the electrical property changes of the air in case of a fire
  • Optical (photoelectric) smoke alarms – ‘See’ smoke when it enters its detection chamber
  • Heat alarms – Detect the increase in temperature from a fire

Depending from the application and the room, a specific sensor type is necessary. This can be quite confusing if you are not an expert.

To aid in this selection process Safelincs has developed a website dedicated to explaining wireless smoke alarms. We have also created a system selector tool to help you pick the correct units for your building. Just select the power supply type, enter the number and type of rooms to be protected and the system will place the correct smoke alarms into your basket.

If you still have questions, please contact our friendly customer service on 0800 612 6537 and we are happy to help you.

Launch of newly updated Safelincs Fire Safety Forum

Today sees the launch of our newly updated Fire Safety forum. The forum, which customers and the general public use to discuss their fire safety issues and to get answers to their fire safety questions, is now accessible from the main page of our website.

The forum features fire safety categories to make searching for answers and previous discussions easier. The categories range from fire safety advice, fire safety products, shipping products to product returns. The new forum makes joining much easier than our previous forum and posting comments and questions is now straight forward and easy to do.

There are already some very useful posts in the fire safety products section concerning smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and fire safes. Members have posted queries about updating their interlinking smoke alarm systems and how to add different compatible alarms to their existing interlinked smoke alarm system.

It is hoped that the new location will encourage more active discussions between users and will be a valuable source of information.