Gas Safety Week 2017 takes place from 18 - 24th September, and with this in mind we thought we'd take the opportunity to explore some of the common myths surrounding the smoke alarms in your home.

Myth #1 - Having a smoke alarm in your property is enough to keep you protected

Wrong. At the very least you need a smoke alarm on every floor of your properly. As a rule of thumb, smoke alarms should be positioned within a metre and half of the entrances to all rooms. Smoke alarms also need to be at least 30cm away from walls or light fittings.

Myth #2 - All smoke alarms are basically the same

Definitely not true. Did you know there are actually 2 different types of smoke alarm? Optical and ionisation. Ionisation are the older models, and many believe that household fumes such as burnt toast trigger these types of alarms. Optical smoke alarms are the newer technology, and whilst they are more expensive, they're generally are less susceptible to nuisance alarms. 

Myth #3 - Smoke alarms will detect carbon monoxide leaks

This myth is most certainly false, and perhaps the most dangerous assumption a family can make. There are around 50 deaths in the UK every year due to carbon monoxide poisoning, so it's important you know the facts. 

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are not built into the same unit because the optimum location for each alarm is different - so combining the 2 into a single unit would reduce the effectiveness of both alarms. 

Choosing an EN 50291 approved CO alarm will help to keep your whole family safe.

Get in touch

If you require advice on any of the domestic appliances in your home, contact the experts at Hubys. Our expert engineers are all gas safety professional on the Gas Safe Register, so you can be sure you're getting expert advice.

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