This first week of October is Home Safety Week. Organised by the NFCC (National Fire Chiefs Council), its aim is to highlight the importance of having working smoke alarms and heat detectors in the home and ensuring that home owners install detection systems which are appropriate for their family’s needs.
Most homes have at least one smoke alarm, but as our homes now have a wider range of gadgets and appliances which we are ever more reliant on, just having a single smoke alarm may not be enough. As a minimum there should be at least one smoke alarm on every floor of the house in areas such as the hall or landing, as well as in rooms of the home like the bedrooms, living room and dining room that are used most regularly, as these are likely to be the higher risk areas with an increased likelihood of being the source of a fire.
Cavius Smoke Alarms combine state of the art electronics with superior product design to produce the world’s smallest Photoelectric Smoke Alarms and Thermal Heat Alarms. The Cavius family of alarms suit all areas of the home but particularly the bedrooms, lounge and hallway where you want your alarm to be almost invisible, so those large unsightly smoke alarms can now be a thing of the past! Cavius devices also have a 30-day low battery warning, increasing your chances of identifying that your smoke alarm batteries need to be replaced and best of all the Cavius Smoke Alarm has a 10-year long life battery, so there’s no need to replace the batteries year after year either – simply test on a monthly basis and relax in the knowledge that you are covered.
However, 50 percent of fires in the home start in the kitchen and although these fires tend to be non-fatal, they are usually preventable. Smoke alarms are not recommended for areas too close to kitchen appliances as this may result in false alarms. The installation of a heat alarm in the kitchen is the best solution such as the Cavius Thermal Heat Alarm which is designed to detect fast, flaming fires in areas not suitable for installing smoke alarms such as in the kitchen, garage, workshop or utility room.
Using state of the art technology, the Cavius Thermal Heat Alarm monitors normal and expected changes in the ambient room temperature. The device is activated in two ways, firstly when it senses a rapid increase in room temperature, or when it detects a smouldering but developing flaming fire using a fixed temperature setting and the piercing alarm which sounds has been designed to give more time to react and respond or evacuate the home.
Whether it’s an open fire, a wood burning stove, an AGA or a gas fire that will be keeping you warm this winter, it’s important to install a CO alarm to keep you safe. Carbon monoxide alarms should be fitted around 2-3 metres away from the appliance and high up. They do not necessarily need to be attached to walls or ceilings, so for example you could place them on a suitable shelf. You may need several CO detectors in your home if you have several appliances across different rooms.
If you are a tenant in rented accommodation in England, by law you should have carbon monoxide alarms installed if you have solid fuel appliances in the property, although there is no requirement to have CO alarms by gas appliances such as combi boilers. As a tenant it is up to you to test the alarms regularly and report any problem to your landlord. You should also consider the risks the property may pose to your own safety and think about installing more smoke and CO alarms than the law requires the landlord to install.
Where possible, all these alarms should be inter-linked so that all will sound if one goes off. The Cavius family of wireless alarms use Radio Frequency technology to sync with other wireless family alarms in the house. This means when one of the alarms is activated, all other connected alarms will sound an alarm too and everyone in your home, whether they’re upstairs, downstairs, or even in a separate wing of the house, will know immediately if there is a potential fire developing somewhere in the house. Early detection provides vital minutes and will help with evacuation out of the house faster in the case of a fire.
In 2010, Cavius introduced the world´s original smallest photoelectric smoke alarm, which is about the size of golf ball. Today Cavius offers a complete range of smoke, heat, flood, and CO alarms, all communicating wirelessly. The range brings unrivalled communication between wireless battery-operated alarms and mains powered alarms.