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Guide to Smoke Alarms

Of all the items we sell on Electricpoint, there are none more important than smoke and fire alarms.  Fire and smoke in the home kills people every week in the UK, but these deaths can uusally be prevented by the installation of an alarm system.  There are various types of alarms available, the information is available at Government Websites but we have published some of the information here for your reference and remember to have a look at our range of smoke alarms on the site

There are two types of smoke alarm:

Ionisation alarms

Ionisation alarms are the cheapest and most readily available smoke alarms. They are also very sensitive to 'flaming fires' - fires that burn fiercely, like chip-pan fires. Ionisation alarms will detect flaming fires before the smoke gets too thick.

Optical alarms

Optical alarms are more expensive. However, they are more effective at detecting slow-burning fires, like smouldering foam-filled furniture or overheated wiring. Optical alarms are less likely to go off accidentally and so are best for ground-floor hallways and for homes on one level.

For the best protection, you should install one of each. However, if you can’t have both, it’s still safer to have either one, rather than none at all.

British Standard Kitemark

Whichever model you choose, you should make sure that it meets British Standard 5446, Part 1 (BS 5446-1) and ideally also carries the British Standard Kitemark. Your local fire and rescue service will help you decide which is best for your circumstances if you would like some advice.

We supply fire alarms to households as well as schools and local authorities, call us today on 0845 601 3338 for a no obligation quote on bulk deals.