A smoke alarm is a device that can detect smoke, usually as an indicator for fire. These devices are usually enclosed in disk-shaped plastic and contain detection components depending on the device type. The photoelectric type detects smoke optically, whereas the ionization type detects smoke by a physical process. These alarms are usually a part of an interconnected system of fire alarms and fire response methods such as sprinkler systems especially in large and industrial plants.
The smoke alarm is obviously one of the best inventions of the previous century. They save millions of lives every year, and these devices have indeed become ubiquitous. These life-saving devices cost almost nothing compared to its uses and it is almost necessary for every household or building to have at least one of them.
Installing a smoke alarm in your home is the most effective and easiest way to protect yourself, your family and your property from fire hazards. Unfortunately, a great number of people still don’t realize the advantages of having this safety device in their homes. Almost 100% of all house fires occur in homes without functional alarms. These devices work even when you are asleep. Some have even extra features such as a complementary fire extinguishing system such as smoke-activated sprinklers and an auto-communication network with the corresponding fire safety officials.
Home smoke alarms have become sensitive enough to detect even the slightest indication of impending fire. Most people think that they could easily detect fire in their homes. This is simply not the case especially in the case of fire from live wires or fire from gas leaks, which, in addition to fire, produces harmful odorless gasses. Having smoke alarm Brisbane at home can give you enough buffer time to prevent a full-on fire in the house.
The general rule for choosing the right smoke alarm for your home is simple. For kitchens and garages, heat-detecting alarms are sufficient. Standard alarms installed in kitchens have the tendency for false alarms because of smoke produced from cooking, same as with car smoke in garages. For hallways and bedrooms, photoelectric alarms are the best option and for outdoor balconies, ionization or combined type alarms are recommended. For the right number of alarms in your home, of course, the more, the better. Still, you do not need to install an alarm in every room in the house, particularly in bathrooms where the risk of fire is almost nil and where there is instant access to water. For single floor homes, one alarm may be sufficient to provide complete fire protection.