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Fire Alarm Installation to Improve Your Fire Safety at Home

Fire safety is an extremely vital issue which must be taken seriously with the appropriate precautions. When we fall asleep, our sense of smell becomes significantly less effective, therefore, fire alarm installation should be a top priority for all homeowners. To take extra care with preventing house fires, here is our advice:

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Use Electronics with Care

Every year, the UK sees approximately 37,000 house fires. A large proportion of these cases are caused by the misuse of electrical equipment - cooking appliances in particular. Therefore, when in use make sure you follow the safety instructions packed with the product upon purchase. If you are not confident or have weakened senses, ask someone to help. Once you have finished using the electrical equipment, turn it off.

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Mobile Phones

Continuing with electronic devices, leaving your phone to overheat can create a safety hazard. We urge mobile phone owners to not leave their devices charging for prolonged periods of time and to not have the device on their bed while sleeping. If your mobile phone does overheat and cause a fire, it could have serious consequences.

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Fire Alarm Checks

We recommend completing a fire alarm check at least once a month. In 2018, 30% of battery-operated smoke alarms did not sound in an emergency. One of the leading causes was batteries which were flat, disconnected or simply missing.

Fire alarms provide advanced warnings of a fire, so occupants have time to leave the property. With a fire you only have minutes to flee, so it is so important to be prepared. Working smoking alarms are life savers as you are four times more likely to survive.

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Understand the Signs of Smoke

A home can be swallowed by a fire in under four minutes. Therefore, it is important to know how to sense smoke. Smoke is thick, dark and dense making it difficult to navigate through. You can slow down a fire spreading with closed doors, but the key is to escape your home as fast as possible.

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Research Your Fire Alarm Options

Different homes have different needs. Therefore, take the time to research fire alarms to decide which best meets your property requirements. Ionisation Alarms are ideal for detecting smoke particles we cannot see, and fast acting fires set by oil, petrol or fat. Whereas Optical Alarms are triggered by large smoke particles from slow combustion of furniture.

In addition to a fire alarm, consider carbon monoxide alarms, smoke alarms, fire blankets and fire extinguishers.

At First Contact Fire and Security we hope to raise awareness of the importance of fire safety by providing high quality fire alarm installations at the best price. Contact our team today to benefit from 25 years of service and assistance in alarm installations, maintenance, repair and upgrades.