While aesthetics can dominate the planning process for architecturally designed spaces, safety and compliance must also play their part. When it comes to smoke alarms, the NZ Building Code requires one within three metres of every bedroom door, and at least one on every floor of a home or commercial space.
But can you make this important safety measure an integral part of your style as well? According to Shaun Howes from CAVIUS, there are many ways to improve fire safety and aesthetics within the home.
One giant leap
According to Howes, most smoke alarms in New Zealand homes are ionisation alarms.
“This causes problems,” he says. “[Ionisation alarms] often don’t go off to smouldering fires, and as everyone knows, they’ll often start beeping when you burn your toast.”
The alternative is photoelectric alarms, which don’t have such problems. Fire services across New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Europe have started to recommend photoelectric alarms – Germany and the Netherlands have actually phased out ionisation models entirely.