But despite these efforts, 5,29,000 of total fires were still reported in 2015-2016. The reason: Faulty Fire Alarm Installation.
Simply installing a smoke detector don’t automatically ensure a safer environment for your client. If installed incorrectly, placed inappropriately, or maintained carelessly, smoke alarms lose their ethos and may fail to protect your customers as needed.
Last year, approximately 2,15,600 false fire alarms were attended by fire and rescue services all over the UK out of which:
- 41% false alarms were due to faulty security system installation
- 29% of these breakouts were non-fire issues
- 19% of these cases had a non-working fire alarm
The Role of Installers in Fire Protection
Only 89% of all smoke and fire alarms installed in UK are in working condition. One of the main causes behind the non-performing fire and smoke detectors is the undertraining of installers. 49% of all UK’s fire-safety system installers are unfamiliar with the latest lighting legislation. Whereas 39% of installers have not received any emergency fire training in the last two years.
How Installers can Improve their Knowledge
67% and more go to manufacturers to bridge their knowledge gap on this issue. Texecom is one such fire safety equipment manufacturers who are aware of our clients’ problems and are here to help them.
Here is a 3-step how-to guide that will help you install and maintain a fire alarm so that your clients can get its maximum efficiency.
#1. Promptly Install the Alarms in Central Locations
It is better to install the alarm on a flat stretch of wall or ceiling, roughly in the center of the room. As the smoke rises, it grows thin and accumulate in the center of the room, rising upwards. This will help the alarm go off sooner and can protect lives better.
Also, for wall-installed alarms, make sure that the detectors are about 12 inches or fewer from the ceiling.
#2. Test the Smoke Alarms Immediately After Installation
90% of your customers feel that they would benefit more by receiving training from their installers. Once you have installed the smoke alarms, call your client to test the detectors out. Teach them how to test each device individually, ensuring that they can easily recognise the sound of a blazing alarm. Also inspect their premises to chalk a home evacuation plan, along with routes and outside meeting points.
#3. Thoroughly Cleaning of the Detectors
Dust and pollutants can affect a fire alarm’s performance. So ask your clients to try and keep the detectors clean along with all the precautions they should practice in regard with a smoke detector.