Early warning can save lives
A smoke alarm is the easiest and best way to give you early warning to the danger of fire, which will then hopefully give you time to safely escape. Smoke alarms do actually save lives. If there is a fire in your home or business premises, smoke spreads very fast and you need smoke alarms to give you that advanced warning and time to get out.
Almost two thirds of house fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms at all, or no working smoke alarms because they were never checked or poorly fitted.
What are inter-linked smoke alarms?
Mains powered wired inter-linked alarms are all linked physically by cable, should one alarm be triggered, all the alarms will sound. Radio-interlinked smoke detectors and heat alarms are interlinked through a radio-frequency. If one smoke or heat alarm is triggered, all alarms go off within a matter of a second or so.
Landlord Smoke Alarm Guidance
The Scottish Government has issued landlords with guidance on fire detection in private rented properties. There are more than 6000 fires detected in homes in Scotland each year with around 50 deaths and 1300 injuries resulting from these fires. The Domestic Technical Guidance Handbook states the following:
- one functioning smoke alarm in the 1 room which is frequently used by the occupants for general daytime living purposes
- one functioning smoke alarm in every circulation space, such as hallways and landings
- one heat alarm in every kitchen
- all alarms should be interlinked.
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