Safelincs introduces the new range of UltraFire Smoke and Heat Alarms

UltraFire Smoke and Heat AlarmsSafelincs are happy to announce the introduction of a new range of smoke and heat alarms. The new UltraFire battery-powered devices feature radio-frequency (RF) interlinking, which allows them to communicate without the need of wiring, making the installation quick and easy.

With the alarms “talking to each other” you will be alerted of an alarm activating through all connected units in the system going off: a fire detected in the kitchen by the heat alarm will alert you in your bedroom by sounding the smoke alarm installed there.

The digital “house-coding” process is simple to perform and prevents interference from other radio and electronic devices in the vicinity. Safelincs staff have been trained to further assist customers, offering to pre-connect alarms prior to dispatch, meaning that customers can simply fit the units upon delivery and then test that the units can all “communicate”, making the installation fast and efficient.

The new range includes a battery-operated heat alarm, suitable for kitchens, garages and loft areas, along with an optical smoke alarm designed for use in hallways, living rooms, on landings and in bedrooms, etc.

We work closely with industry leading manufacturers and designers in fire safety in order to offer customers the best products on the market. Our UltraFire range of quality products, such as fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, site alarms, extinguisher stands, extinguisher cabinets and mobile site points is backed by years of experience and customer feedback. It is supported by our exceptional customer service and long warranties.

Order your UltraFire RF smoke and heat alarms online or call our friendly customer service team on 0800 612 6537.

Hushing Interlinked Smoke Alarms

Interlinked smoke alarms are becoming more and more popular as they quickly alert you to the event of a fire across larger houses, where there is a risk that you might not hear an alarm going off in the kitchen when you are, for example, in a bedroom upstairs.

Whether connected to each other with wire or wirelessly interlinked through radio frequency, interlinked smoke alarms allow you to connect multiple units – including different types of detectors – which will all sound at the same time when a single alarm detects a potential fire. The heat alarm in the kitchen, the ionisation alarm in your home office, and the specialist strobe and vibration alarm in your elderly parents’ bedroom, for example, will all go off at the same time, if just one alarm is triggered by fire.

Most of us are familiar with the test button on smoke alarms which allows residents to test their alarms regularly, to ensure the components are working and the power supply, whether battery or mains power, is working. On top of this, however, many alarms have a “hush” button which allows you to silence an alarm that has gone off, for example, due to burnt toast.

So how do hush buttons work when you have several interlinked alarms?

It’s easy to assume that, as they are all connected, hushing one alarm will silence all of them, but it is equally logical that only the unit on which you pressed the hush button should be silenced – after all, you don’t want people to assume it was a false alarm if there really is a fire raging downstairs.

Interestingly, not all interconnecting smoke alarms hush in the same way. Here is an overview explaining the different approaches employed by the three main smoke alarm manufacturers in the UK.

Kidde Slick Wireless Smoke and Heat AlarmsFor Kidde smoke alarms, the originating alarm (the unit which detected a potential fire and triggered all of your units) will have its warning light flash faster than all other units while the alarm is sounding – enabling you to identify the smoke alarm that caused the alarm. Pressing the hush button on ANY unit will silence the ENTIRE network.

Ei160e Series Smoke and Heat AlarmsIf you have interlinking Ei Electronics smoke alarms, only the originating unit’s hush button will be able to silence the ENTIRE network. The other units in the circuit can be individually silenced. To identify the originating unit you need to look for the alarm whose warning light is flashing every second, compared to every 40 or so seconds on the other units.

FireAngel WST600 Series Radio-Interlinked Smoke and Heat AlarmsFireAngel smoke alarms, however, deploy an improved silencing protocol. If you hush the originating smoke alarm then, as with the other brands, ALL connected units will be silenced. However, if you hush any other unit, the ORIGINATING alarm will continue to sound but ALL OTHER units will be silenced. This allows you to quickly identify the originating alarm which is very helpful both in case of a false alarm or a real emergency.

If you require support selecting the best smoke alarm system for yourself, please contact the friendly Safelincs support team either by emailing support@safelincs.co.uk or by ringing 0800 612 6537