Smoke detectors are vital components of an alarm system that are necessary for protection from fire. Efficiently functioning smoke detectors continuously monitor the environment for smoke, increase the chances of putting out the fire and also saving the people and material on the premises before any major destruction. When looking for a smoke detector, the following factors must be taken into consideration:
Ease of Installation: The smoke detectors should be easy to install and maintain. Battery operated smoke detectors are easier to install than wired systems.
Battery Life: You must consider a smoke detector that has a reasonably long battery life which does not require frequent replacing.
Regular Testing: The smoke detectors must be tested on a regular basis to ensure that they are working properly. The smoke alarm usually has a test button that permits you to check if it is working.
Battery Testing: Smoke detectors that are powered by batteries should have the facility to monitor their own battery level and give a warning when the battery needs replacement.
Silence Feature: The smoke alarm should have a silence button that allows you to deactivate the alarm quickly.
Warranty: The smoke alarm should have a warranty. Most alarms usually have a warranty of 5-10 years.
Escape Light Feature: Some models of smoke detectors have a light feature that is turned on when the alarm is triggered. This helps if there is a power outage during a fire outbreak and helps to guide people outside the premises safely.
Interconnected Units: The alarms should have good coverage and cover the entire work premises. You should have the facility of interconnecting the alarms throughout the worksite so that when activated you can get a site-wide alert.
Protection Against Insects: These days, most modern smoke alarms are equipped with insect screens so that insects do not set off false alarms.
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Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Many times during fires, carbon monoxide may be emitted which can be quite harmful. Carbon monoxide detectors sound an alarm when a certain quantity of carbon monoxide is detected in the air.
Government Regulations: Before installing any fire protection system, you must check with your local authorities about any specific regulations or requirements that must be met.
Existing Smoke Detectors on the Worksite: In case of wired and battery operated detectors, you should replace the units with the same kinds that are already present on the premises.
Replacement of Smoke Detectors: All the smoke detectors on the worksite must be replaced at the same time if you do not know the age of the detectors being used currently.
Irrespective of the kind of smoke detector or alarm you decide to install at your worksite, proper installation of the units is critical. Also, the smoke detectors should be regularly tested and maintained properly for efficient working.
The Cygnus range of smoke detectors provide round-the-clock smoke detection and protection for your worksite to prevent any damages to property and life of the workforce due to fire or smoke in case of a fire related emergency situation.