Power Source Electrics completes several smoke alarm installations each week and we are often asked about the different types of smoke alarms. As we're coming up to Winter, increased heater usage means an increase in electrical fires.
Getting a smoke alarm installed is the first step towards protecting your family and home.
Here are some of the different types of smoke alarms. The NSW Fire Service actually recommends using different types of smoke alarms throughout your home as they all work a little differently so this would give you the best chance at being protected.
Carbon Monoxide Smoke Alarms
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is often emitted by faulty gas heathers. It's silent and odourless and can cause a person to become unconscious very quickly. Carbon Monoxide alarms monitor carbon monoxide levels.
Photoelectric Smoke Alarms
Photoelectric Alarms detect particles of combustion visually. It is recommended that they are installed between sleeping areas and exists to common areas or open air as they react to a wide range of smoke heavy fires, the type usually caused by the burning of mattresses or overheated PVC wiring.
Strobe and Vibrating Smoke Alarms
These smoke alarms contain a strobe light and vibrating pad and are recommended for people who are deaf or have problems hearing well. The pad is placed under a pillow and when the smoke alarm sounds, the pad will vibrate.
It is a good idea to have all of your smoke alarms linked together. This can be done through a wireless alarm network installation or connecting hard-wired alarms through adapters.
If you require smoke alarm installation, please contact Michael from Power Source Electrics on 0433 363 675.