CO Advice, Fire Safety

Top 4 fire and CO technologies to be aware of

  1. Multi-sensor technology

Thermoptek multi-sensor technology smoke alarms provide rapid detection of both fast flaming and slow smouldering fires in a single alarm. This eliminates the need to choose between an optical or ionisation alarm. This technology has become more affordable with FireAngel’s Specification range; it is now a standard part of the range and the same price as some optical alarms. The competitive price also means that social landlords can afford to fit more of these alarms, and therefore offer enhanced protection for tenants cost-effectively.

  1. Interlinking alarms

Interlinking alarms operate via a wireless radio interlink connection: each unit can communicate with any other alarm in the network. Alarms are constantly transmitting and receiving messages via radio frequency signals. Therefore if one detects a problem, all alarms will sound simultaneously. Not only will this alert tenants to the problem – wherever they are in the home – but it will also reflect the type of problem, as all the alarms will mimic the original alarm’s sound pattern. Therefore if it is a carbon monoxide alarm, or smoke alarm, tenants will be able to respond accordingly.

  1. Carbon monoxide alarms

The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 require private landlords to fit a CO alarm in any room with a solid fuel appliance. Whilst social housing is exempt from this legislation, it is recommended to implement the same level of protection to ensure tenants are protected from this potentially deadly gas. You can find out more about carbon monoxide in our Project SHOUT blog, or you can download our free CO eBook below.

  1. Strobes and Vibrating pads / Wireless Alarm Control Units

Interlinked alarms means that when one alarm sounds, they all sound. A louder alarm tone has also been proven to more effective at waking up those under the influence of alcohol, in addition to those with mild to moderate hearing loss. For those with severe hearing loss/are deaf, then it is recommended to use strobes, or a wireless alarm control unit – to provide a visual warning during the day. Strove and vibrating pads under the pillow to provide a physical warning during the night. A variety of these fire safety products can be wirelessly interlinked throughout the home, specific to the individual’s needs.

Contact your local Specification manager to find out more about our extensive range of fire, CO and assisted living safety solutions.