Having smoke alarms is one thing. But having smoke alarms that aren’t connected to one another, or installing the wrong type of smoke alarms in different areas of the home can mean that you aren’t as protected as you might believe you are.
We all understand the need to have smoke alarms in the home but understanding the differences between the types of alarms available is important when deciding how to protect your family, smoke alarm expert Shaun Howes of CAVIUS says.
“Traditional smoke alarms can’t be installed in certain areas, including kitchens and garages,” Shaun says. “That’s because they have chambers in which smoke must enter to cut out the optical light to set the alarm off. In areas like kitchens and garages, traditionally, we haven’t been able to install alarms in these areas because over time, cooking grease and car fumes block the chamber, preventing smoke from entering and rendering the alarms ineffective.”
A new Thermal Heat Alarm recently launched in New Zealand by CAVIUS was designed specifically for those areas that traditionally could not be protected. “These thermal alarms have an open sensor that takes away the former issues with chambers becoming blocked, and importantly, they detect a rapid and constant change in heat, normally caused by the type of fires that break out in these areas – flaming or flash fires.”