Fire Safety

What to do if you receive a FireAngel Predict® alert

What steps should you take following a Predict™ alert being triggered and categorising your home, or a loved one's home, as ‘high risk’?

Developed with support from the UK Fire and Rescue Service, FireAngel Predict® runs a unique algorithm with a patented application that spots trends of behaviours logged by smoke and heat alarms, creating a map of fire safety triggers and categorising homes as high or low risk.

Predict® technology is found in FireAngel’s range of Pro Connected smart smoke and heat alarms, with alerts received in the Pro Connected app. Tried, tested and trusted after 10 years of development, Predict® gives visibility of previously hidden trends behind closed doors, such as alarms activating through the night or devices being removed.

However, alarms that are installed in the wrong rooms or sited in inappropriate areas can trigger multiple false alarms that result in a Predict® alert.

How does the type and location of alarm impact nuisance alarms?

Smoke alarms fitted in, or extremely near to, a kitchen is one of the biggest causes of nuisance alarms.

It’s important to ensure alarms are installed in the correct room. Ensuring the correct alarm is installed in the appropriate place can significantly reduce the occurrence of unwanted alerts.

To offer high protection, FireAngel advise a smoke alarm is installed within the circulation area of each floor of a home, as well as within the main habitable areas such as bedrooms and living rooms. Smoke alarms are not recommended for installations in kitchens, instead a heat alarm should be installed.

Smoke alarms should be sited at least 300mm from light fittings and walls, ideally as central as possible in the room. However, please check your local fire safety guidelines for specific requirements for your property. It’s important to remember that as the sensors in all alarms deteriorate after time, it’s recommended that alarms are replaced every 10 years.

Heat alarms should be fitted in rooms prone to high humidity, dust and fumes, such as kitchens, loft and garages. Heat alarms should also be sited at least 300mm from light fittings and walls, please do not install heat alarms on a wall.

Install at a distance no greater than 5.3m from the farthest wall, no greater than 5.3m from a door to any room in which a fire might start and no greater than 5.3m from the next heat or smoke alarm.

It’s also important to maintain an alarm by cleaning regularly using a soft brush adaptor on your vacuum or a soft cloth to clean the face of the alarm to help prevent any nuisance alarms. 

What to do if the Predict® alert is triggered

If an alarm is sited correctly and is regularly maintained yet continues to trigger Predict® alerts, contact your local Fire and Rescue Service to see if you or a loved one qualifies for a free Safe and Well check.

During a Safe and Well check, a member of your local Fire and Rescue Service will identify any potential fire risks in your home, check alarms and help put together a household escape plan.

If you or the occupier are not eligible for a home safety visit, there are still actions you can take to reduce the risk from fire in the home. Many Fire and Rescue Services offer an online Home Fire Safety Check, answering questions about your property, lifestyle and health status, including recognising any concerns around early on-set dementia or cognitive decline. You’ll be left with personalised advice you can download and adopt.

Find out more information on our smart alarm range Pro Connected or get in touch with our team of specialists.