Alarms & Detectors

There are a number of alarms and detectors available to alert homeowners of potential risks and dangers.

Smoke Detectors

It is recommended that smoke detectors are fitted throughout the properly on each floor level including the loft space. These should ideally be mains-powered with a battery backup and interlinked so all the alarms in the properly will sound if one goes off. To avoid false alarms, install a heat detector in the kitchen.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an extremely poisonous gas that can be present in the fumes from the combustion of fuels which aren’t burnt under the correct conditions. Fuels such as gas, oil, solid mineral fuel and biomass all have the potential to emit CO. The gas cannot be seen, smelt or tasted making it difficult to detect.

Once installed, CO alarms should be regularly tested and should not be regarded as a substitute for regular maintenance of the appliance and chimney.

Stove Pipe Thermometer

A stove pipe thermometer is an inexpensive and very useful accessory, it simply magnetically attaches to your flue (at least 300mm above the top of the stove) and once in place, will allow you to quickly see how your stove is performing.

Generally, most stove pipe thermometers will have a simple display with three zones of operation; Creosote, Best Operation and Too Hot. The temperatures are often displayed in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.

Chimney Heat Monitor

The Thatch Alert Chimney Monitor System has been specifically designed to monitor the temperature of the chimney brickwork at the point where it meets the thatch material. The system acts as an early warning device to inform the homeowner of potential high temperatures.

Once installed, in the event of high temperatures being recorded, the system will trigger an audible alarm, allowing the owner to take action.

Find out more about Thatch Alert.

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