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The Shocking Truth About Smoke Detectors And Fire Alarms

Discover Why Fire Sprinkler Systems Are The Most Effective Protection Against Fire!

One NSW family thought fire alarms were enough to protect them from fire-with tragic results. Two middle aged people and one young adult lived in the house.
The family was rendered unconscious by smoke inhalation before the fire and rescue could save them. When they arrived, they were able to get all of the occupants out of the house. One survived. One died at the scene, and one died later in the hospital. Traditional fire alarms were not enough to keep them safe.

Discover Why More And More Homes Are Switching From Passive Fire Protection To Active Fire Protection

Fire alarms provide a passive defence against fire: they alert you to a problem, but they do not do anything else to contain a fire. They are passive in their protection abilities.

Approximately 14% of fire alarms malfunction during a fire. Many more fail to work because of user error, ie the batteries have expired, or the device has been unplugged to prevent it from going off by accident. Fire alarms are so sensitive that a little smoke from food cooking on the stove can set them off-leading many people to unplug them in frustration.

Most home fires happen at night, when people are sleeping. It can take several minutes for a family to wake up, get dressed and get out of the house when a fire alarm goes off-regardless of the noise. Those few minutes are all a fire needs to get out of control. The moment a fire alarm goes off, residents are in a race against the fire-and all too often, the fire wins.

In addition, young children are particularly vulnerable to fire. Children under the age of five typically do not understand what they need to do. They will often hide under a bed or in a closet and usually cannot escape on their own.

The handicapped and elderly cannot move quickly without assistance, and may have trouble navigating stairs and fire escapes in the event of an emergency. Many fire-related deaths involve people with medical conditions who could not move quickly enough to get out on their own.

Active Protection: Why Fire Sprinklers Are So Effective

Fire sprinklers extinguish the fire at its source-before it has a chance to grow. Nine times out of ten, one sprinkler head is enough to extinguish a fire.

The flow of water from fire sprinklers is designed to drop the core temperature of a fire past the point where heat can be maintained. The fire sprinklers put out the fire by removing its heat.
Fire sprinklers also reduce the chances of death by smoke inhalation which is the most common cause of death in case of house fires.

Sprinklers are the most effective means of protecting your home against fire. They are more effective than fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and even the fire and rescue. After just one fire, your family will thank you for it.

Yours in Fire Safety 


“I wish to thank Mr Alan Price for his insightful observations in preparing this article”.

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