Vital yet simple fire safety kits

Smoke alarms are a simple device that are used to warn those nearby of a potentially life threatening fire – giving am extra few precious minutes to get away. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency), around two thirds of all deaths from home fires are found in homes where either no fire alarm was present or an existing alarm was not working. Astonishingly, many home owners do not see fitting or testing a smoke alarm as priority; running the high risk of being caught out by a fire. The national consensus is that fire alarms really can make all the difference when looking at fire safety within the home. With pushes from Chief Fire Officers Association to have fire alarms fitted and regularly tested within the home, thinking of fire safety at home isn’t all that difficult.

So how does a fire alarm work?

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Also called ‘smoke detectors’, these fitted fire alarms alert home owners in the early stages of a fire. It is the flow of particles – or lack of more precisely – which initiates the alarm sound. Within the smoke detector system is a battery powered circuit. This circuit requires ionised air articles to continue the flow of a small electrical current. Two charged metal plates within the system which usually contains an Alpha radioactive substance, split the air particles into positive and negative ions. By the laws of science, these charged ions attract to its opposing electrical charge, allowing for the continuous flow of electricity. However when smoke is present in the air, these particles can be absorbed thus reducing the availability of ionised particles and so the free flow of the electrical current. It is this dip in flowing electricity which signals the alarm to the presence of smoke, making it beep.
 
Smoke has a low density compared to its surrounding environment and so will rise. It is because of this that smoke alarms work best affixed to ceilings. This allows the alarm to detect even the first signs of smoke quickly – pre-warning and occupants of the potentially damaging fire.
 
The message couldn’t be simpler – smoke alarms work! Fitting alarms within the home and keeping them well maintained by regularly checking the battery life will undoubtedly help in the case of a fire.
 
For added protection in the home small fire extinguishers and fire blankets could perform a vital role. Where safe to do so, smaller domestic fire can be put out without the assistance of fire services.  Small chip pan fires, for example, can be easily smothered by a fire blanket by removing vital oxygen from the chemical reaction. Fire safety kits could provide everything needed for home fire safety – making for an easy yet vital home purchase. Having such safety equipment within the home, could literally mean the difference between life and death and so is a worthwhile investment to improve the safety within the home. 
 
 

 

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