Smoke Detection


Smoke detection can be provided in the form of battery operated units, or can be connected to an electrical circuit. There are two types of units: ionised and optical. Each can be located to suit your domestic requirements. Smoke detectors activate at the initial stages of a fire, and if properly located will allow the occupants to escape safely.
Ideally, you should locate smoke detectors in every room except the kitchen and bathroom, where cooking and washing activities would frequently activate the alarm. The minimum requirement is for smoke detection coverage along all escape routes from rooms. In a two-storey or multiple-storey house, a device should be located on every landing level. If the dwelling is single storey with a hallway enclosure, then the minimum requirement is for one detection device in the hallway

smoke1Smoke detectors are very easy to maintain..

Remember these three steps:
·  Once a week, check the alarm by pressing the test button.
· Replace the batteries once a year or when the alarm starts making a 'chirping' noise. A smoke alarm will start to make a 'chirping' noise when the battery needs to be replaced. Alternatively you could replace the battery each year on a particular date eg. a public holiday or birthday. Long Life smoke alarms with a 10 year life battery are now on the market - these alarms are designed to be replaced as a whole unit, thus avoiding the need for battery replacement.
· Keep it clean. Dust, debris and cobwebs can interfere with its operation, so vacuum over and around the smoke alarm regularly.

 smoke2Smoke detectors for the deaf
You can also buy smoke detectors that have a vibrating pad or a flashing light if you have difficulty hearing. Contact Kerry Deaf Resource Centre for advice
on the various devices available and grants for obtaining them.