Which smoke alarm should you choose?

Once you have reached the decision to protect your home and it’s occupants from fire by purchasing smoke alarms  the dilemma begins. Which alarm should you buy and where should you install it?

To help you overcome this dilema we have produced a guide that will help to explain the different types of alarm and the most suitable place to install them. The guide has pictorial clarification as well as written and also an informative installation overview.

The development of this guide is the result of a customer comment on our customer questionnaire. We take all our customers and their comments seriously and strive to improve our services. We respond to our customer comments and let them know how we are going to improve our services as a result of their feedback.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can e-mail service@safelincs.co.uk.

Where were the alarms?

A customer of ours had recently moved house. The house had no existing smoke alarms installed, prompting the customer to order a series of interlinking smoke alarms to protect himself and his family. The alarms arrived and our customer decided to put the installation of the alarms off for a few days. After all, fires happen to other people, don’t they?

Over the Easter weekend he had family over and a box containing paper and other objects got placed on top of the electric hob. The hob was accidently turned on and the box smoldered and then ignited. The family were oblivious to the mounting smoke that was filling the kitchen and dining room as the box began to burn. It was only pure chance and luck that the fire was discovered before it began to spread.

This was a small fire but the smell from the smoke penetrated the walls and furniture and is still noticeable weeks after the event. Had our customer installed his smoke alarms when they arrived he would have been alerted to the smoke before it had filled two rooms.

This was a lucky escape; if you have not got working alarms installed in your house you may not be as lucky as he was. Please don’t leave it to chance, a fire can start in any of our homes at any time.

Test it, change it, replace it – it might save your life!

We are offering a new service, completely free of charge, that will remind households  to check that their smoke alarms are in working condition and will actually protect them in case of a fire.

This week the government’s Fire Kills campaign launched its new advertising series to promote fire safety in the home.  The focus of this year’s campaign is again on householders testing their alarms and replacing flat batteries. As stakeholders in the organisation, Safelincs are supporting this message with their new smoke alarm test reminder service.

Householders can register with the service and request notification by email or SMS when the next smoke alarm test is due.  You can decide the reminder frequency when registering with the service.  There are also options to request a reminder when the batterie needs replacing and the smoke alarm has come to the end of its useful life, which is usually after ten years.

To register with this free service, just visit www.safelincs.co.uk/reminders.

For their online customers, Safelincs have created further additions to this service. When you have placed an order with us, Safelincs offer to remind you about the regular tests your new fire safety equipment might require, e.g. the testing of your smoke alarms, the yearly service of your fire extinguishers, the regular testing of newly purchased emergency lighting ad more.

To benefit from this additional service, just order your fire safety equipment on www.safelincs.co.uk.

Fire Victim disconnected battery from smoke alarm

A man from Corby in Northampton died after being engulfed in flames. The pensioner was overwhelmed by flames after falling asleep in his lounge with a lit cigarette.

The man had returned home after a late night drinking session in August 2008 and fallen to sleep holding a cigarette. This began smouldering and set fire to his trousers, his girlfriend desperately tried to douse the flames as he screamed for help.

After the inquest in June, it was discovered that he had previously taken the batteries out of his smoke alarm after it kept going off. This is a tragic occurrence that could have been avoided. It is important that you have a working smoke alarm and that it is checked on a regular basis.

To read more about this story visit the BBC news site.

Full range of battery operated radio-interlinked smoke and heat alarms

New Radio-interlinked Smoke Alarms from Safelincs

Safelincs now offers the full range of radio-interlinked smoke and heat alarms from Ei Electronics. The new range of alarms are battery powered and connect via radio frequency, making a completely wireless solution for your fire alarm system.

The alarms are now available in Ionisation (EI3100RF), Optical (EI3105RF) and Heat (EI3103RFU).

All the alarms are fully conforming to BS5839, kitemarked to BS5446 and supplied with a 5 year warranty.