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The Different Types of Fire Alarms and Their Uses

30th June 2023

Ensuring the safety of your business, property, and most importantly, the people within it, is of utmost importance. In the event of a fire, early detection and prompt action can make all the difference. That's why having a reliable fire alarm system is crucial for any commercial establishment. In this blog post, we will explore the different types of fire alarms available and their specific uses, empowering business owners, landlords, and estate agencies with the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding fire safety.

Ionisation Smoke Alarms

Ionisation smoke alarms are the most common type of fire alarm used in many commercial settings. These alarms detect fires characterised by fast-burning flames. They contain a small amount of radioactive material, which creates an electrical current inside the alarm chamber. Ionisation smoke alarms are effective in detecting fires that produce little visible smoke, such as flaming fires, and are ideal for areas with combustible materials like offices, stockrooms, and warehouses.

Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

Photoelectric smoke alarms are designed to detect smouldering fires, which produce a significant amount of visible smoke before flames appear. These alarms use a light source and a light-sensitive sensor. Photoelectric smoke alarms are particularly suitable for areas with materials prone to smouldering fires, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and storage areas.

Heat Alarms

Heat alarms are specifically designed to detect rapid changes in temperature, rather than smoke or flames. These alarms are highly effective in areas where smoke and dust are present, causing traditional smoke alarms to trigger false alarms. Heat alarms are commonly used in places like garages, boiler rooms, and workshops, where high temperatures or the presence of airborne particles can interfere with the operation of smoke alarms.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

While not directly related to fires, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are essential for fire safety. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that can be emitted by faulty heating systems, gas stoves, or vehicles in enclosed spaces. CO alarms detect the presence of this deadly gas and alert occupants before it reaches dangerous levels. Businesses with gas appliances or enclosed parking structures should consider installing carbon monoxide alarms to ensure the safety of employees and customers.

Choosing the right fire alarm system for your business is a crucial decision that requires careful consideration. The type of fire alarm you select should be based on the specific needs and characteristics of your commercial property. By understanding the different types of fire alarms and their uses, you can make an informed decision to enhance the safety of your business.

How We Can Help

At Fire Stoppers, we understand the importance of fire safety. We offer a comprehensive range of fire protection services tailored to your specific requirements. Our expert team can assist you with, installing and maintaining your fire alarms. In fact, we’re even BAFE accredited for fire alarm maintenance! 

By partnering with Fire Stoppers, you can have peace of mind knowing that your business is equipped with the latest fire protection systems and that your staff is well-prepared to handle fire-related emergencies. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive fire safety services tailored to your needs.

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