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Duracell Plus 9V Batteries for smoke alarms Pack of 4

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And whatever alarm you have, you should also be cleaning it from time to time. A build-up of dust, fibres or cobwebs can interfere with its operation. Using a vacuum cleaner around the case of the alarm and wiping it with a cloth is all you need to do to maintain any alarm.

All of the major manufacturers (Aico, FireAngel and Kidde) make smoke and heat alarms that will work in combination with one another and we have tested pairs of smoke and heat alarms from each of them. Battery operated smoke alarms are the entry-level of fire detection, typically powered by a single 9V PP3 battery or two 1.5V AA batteries – or by sealed longlife lithium cells which do not need replacing for the full lifespan of the smoke detectors. Battery-powered smoke alarms are further divided into ionisation, optical and heat alarms. Ionisation alarms are suitable for landings and optical smoke detectors for bedrooms, living rooms and hallways. Heat alarms are designed to be installed in the kitchen and garage, along with other rooms in which optical or ionisation sensors would suffer false alarms due to dust, fumes, steam, or other contaminants. For maximum protection an alarm should be fitted in every room (except bathrooms) You should choose the type most suited to the risk in each room. For minimum protection the number to be fitted will depend on the type of home you live in: Now that the alarms law has changed in Scotland, you'll need to install interlinked heat and smoke alarms in your home.

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Buying a smoke alarm could help save your home and the lives of you and your family. What are smoke alarms?

Keep them clear from curtains and furniture and never use them for drying clothes. Using an electric blanket

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Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can’t overheat. What to do if a pan catches fire Smart smoke alarms not only trigger the alarm in your home but also send an alert to your phone. Ideal if you are out, or on holiday. Did you know that you can buy smoke alarms which are all linked together? It means that if one alarm goes off, they’ll all sound.

If your home has more than one floor, at least one alarm should be fitted on each level. In this case a combination of optical and ionisation alarms, preferably interconnected, will give the best protection. An ordinary smoke alarm will not warn you of a carbon monoxide leak. Instead, you will need a separate carbon monoxide detector.

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That means on average there are 140 home fires, 30 injuries and at least one fire-related death in the UK every day. Pros: Can suit dustier areas, such as lofts, the area near your bathroom or rooms where people smoke. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions – smoke alarms need very little maintenance. A few minutes of your time during the year will ensure that your alarm is working and could help save your life and the lives of your family. You should: Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens or bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.

You should also have at least one CO alarm on each level of your home, particularly near sleeping areas. It would also be a good idea to fit them in rooms with devices which can produce the gas. These include boilers, gas cookers and solid fuel appliances like fireplaces. Combined Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Alarms that combine both smoke detection and CO alarm protection in one ceiling-mounted unit. This reduces costs and takes up less of your living space. Different makes and models will be slower or faster to detect smoke coming through and have different alarms working at different volumes. Some even feature voice alarms or strobing lights. However, any alarms sold in the UK have to meet BS EN 14604:2005, which specifies the requirements, tests and performance criteria for smoke alarms using optical or ionisation sensors. Heat alarms are governed by the separate BS 5446-3:2003 standard. Smoke alarms are self-contained devices that incorporate a means of detecting a fire (smoke detector) and giving a warning (alarm), usually a very loud beeping sound. They are about the size of a hand and are normally fitted to the ceiling. They can detect fires in their early stages and give you those precious minutes to enable you and your family to leave your house in safety. What type of smoke alarms are available? Some smart models sound an alarm on your smartphone and through the alarm itself when triggered – this is the most helpful kind of smart alarm.Maybe test it on a Sunday evening before your family chill in front of the TV. Or set an alarm on your phone to remind you to do it.

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