Recent news reports have put cheaper smoke alarms in the spotlight, showcasing many cheaper ‘unbranded’ alternatives for sale and how they have been putting lives at risks. The CAVIUS team have put together this short post on why the cheaper alternatives are not necessarily providing the same level of safety.
eBay has removed the listings for smoke alarms that failed to detect smoke after a series of tests were conducted by consumer watchdog Which? and a new warning has been issued over the safety of cheap smoke alarms bought online after devices purchased from eBay and Wish failed every mock test they underwent.
A recent study found that the four alarms tested in the trial (carried out by Which?) accounted for 171 of the cheapest 500 listings available on eBay for customers to buy. All of the alarms tested failed to go off during their safety tests, but were still being sold to customers. On Wish, 28 out of 200 listings were for three of the alarms that completely failed to detect smoke.
The alarms — which are non-branded and made in China — can be bought for just a few pounds. But with many consumers installing them in their homes because of their affordability, hundreds of lives could be at risk.
Every year the Fire and Rescue service is called to over 600,000 fires which result in over 800 deaths and over 17,000 injuries. About 50,000 (140 a day) of these are in the home and kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000, many which could have been prevented if people had an early warning and were able to get out in time.
Smoke alarms are not very often at the top of the priority list, and this can often lead to consumers buying the cheaper alternatives for their home. The only problem is that many of these smoke alarms will not provide the same level of safety that your quality brands do. Additionally, if you are not testing these smoke alarms, the batteries can run out and this can also put lives at risk.
Always buy a smoke alarm with a recognised brand and retailer – follow the manufacturer’s guidance on the installation, location and maintenance of the alarm. It’s recommended that you write on the smoke alarm the day that it was installed, and the date that it, or the battery, should be replaced. You should test your alarm every week and, unless it has a 10-year integrated battery, change the battery annually. You should always replace your smoke alarm after 10 years.
The CAVIUS 10-year Photoelectric Smoke Alarm is a welcome change to the traditionally large and unsightly smoke alarms we have had for years. Using all the recommended technologies from the global fire services, it offers early detection of a home fire with a loud piercing audio alert when smoke is detected and it just looks great! Being so small and aesthetically pleasing you don’t mind placing it where it will work best – right in the centre of the room.
Don’t forget about our Thermal Heat Alarm – designed to detect fast, flaming fires in the areas not suitable to install smoke alarms such as kitchens, garages, workshops, or laundries.
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