Security and Fire Safety go hand in hand, both areas being of paramount importance in increasing survivability during an incident, however, We are often surprised when conducting security assessments outside of the United Kingdom that building owners pay little attention to this area.
For this reason CPM has always worked to promote fire safety and offer corrective actions / mitigation reports alongside our security reports that offer ways to make fire safety improvements.
Simply. Early warning in a Fire situation saves lives. Smoke detectors should be the first thing a person buys when moving into a home or Office, Smoke detectors should be gifted at Christmas and perhaps given as moving in gifts!
Sadly in much of the world the only time people think of smoke detectors is at a funeral, what could have been if we had one.
If you have grown up in the UK you'll be familiar with the government drives to promote fire safety. The hard hitting adverts and school / Fire Brigade campaigns. They worked wonders and burned their importance into our minds.
With smoke inhalation making up 50 - 80 % of fire related deaths, Early detection of this smoke is therefore essential in giving you those extra few minutes that could mean the difference between life and death for you and your family. For the sake of buying a £10 smoke detector this would seem a no-brainer.
The following points are from the Website of the UK Fire Brigade:
1. A single smoke alarm isn't enough.
2. Consider everyone's needs – if there's any reason there might be a delay in noticing or escaping from a fire, seek extra help.
3. Make sure any alarms you buy are marked with a current British Standards or European (CE) safety mark, which shows they are approved and safe.
4. Fit smoke alarms on a ceiling (or high up on a wall, if the instructions state it is suitable for wall mounting).
5. Make sure you fit an appropriate alarm in every room where there's a fire risk.
6. Follow the instructions that come with the alarm when it comes to installation– they all work in different ways.
7. Screw don't glue – if you use glue, it can seep into the alarm, and stop it working.
8. Fit your smoke alarms away from kitchens or bathrooms as steam can damage the alarm, or set it off by mistake.
9. Fit a heat alarm in the kitchen.
10. Choose smoke alarms with a 10 year or long-lasting sealed battery.
Point 10 is worth looking at, the mentioning of a heat type alarm, there are several different types of Fire / Smoke detector available for the home.
Smoke Detector - Can detect smoke via either ionization or photoelectric processes but but lead to the same outcome, the triggering on the detection of smoke. Smoke being detected before heat, these are useful placed in hallways, outside or inside bedrooms giving location occupants fair warning of the fire and time to evacuate.
Heat Detector - Useful in kitchen areas where smoke from cooking may set off a traditional alarm, these work by detecting a change in ambient room temperature, triggering when the temperature is at an unsafe level indicative of a fire incident.
We recommend using both types of detectors inside the home of work premises to give a better level of protection than one type of unit.