UTF Fire and Security


What are the different types of Smoke Alarms?
Which Smoke alarms should I buy?
Where should I install my smoke alarm?
What are the different classes of fire?
How many fire extinguishers do I need?
Where should I keep fire extinguisher?
Can I use my fire blanket more than once?
If I take my blanket out of the pouch, can I put it back in?


What are the different types of Smoke Alarms?

There are primarily two types of smoke detectors – Ionisation and Photoelectric.

Ionisation Smoke Detectors: Ionisation alarms work by using a radioactive source to ionize the air, creating a current. Miniscule products of combustion, like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, disrupt that current, setting off the alarm. Ionisation smoke alarms are sensitive to detecting fast flaming and other fires which produce small particles of smoke, such as those produced by burning paper/wood or flammable liquids. Cooking and steam can set them off and become a nuisance – that’s why they are not recommended in a kitchen or bathroom.

Photoelectric Smoke Detectors: Photoelectric alarms work by using a beam of light. When visible smoke particles enter the chamber and scatters across the beam of light the alarm sounds. Photoelectric smoke alarms are sensitive to detecting slow smouldering and other fires which produce larger particles of smoke, such as those produced by burning foam/rubber, cigarette smoke and other synthetic materials. These types of fires can smoulder for hours before bursting into flames.

Which Smoke alarms should I buy?

Quell strongly recommends that both ionisation and photoelectric smoke alarms be installed to help ensure maximum detection of the various types of fires that can occur within your home.

• Ensure that any smoke alarm has the Australian Standards and Activfire marks ion it
• Ionisation smoke alarms are ideal for areas prone to flaming fires, such as living and dining areas
• Photoelectric smoke alarms are ideal for areas prone to smouldering fires such as bedrooms, hallways, lounge rooms and corridors that lead to exits

Where should I install my smoke alarm?

• This is dependant on the shape and size of the room
• It is important to locate smoke alarms in or outside the bedrooms
• Smoke alarms should be installed in accordance with the instructions
• If in doubt, refer to the users manual or contact your local Fire Brigade

Smoke Alarms must also comply with the Australian Communications Authority “C-Tick” regulations for Electro magnetic interference.

Look for the following label of compliance on the products:
 


For more information go to www.aca.gov.au
 

What are the different classes of fire?

Class A FireClass A - Fires that involve wood, cloth, paper, most plastics, rubber & textiles

Class B FireClass B - Fires that involve flammable and combustible liquids i.e. petrol, oil, grease & paints

Class E FireClass E - Fires that involve electrical energised equipment


ABE - Is classified as a multipurpose extinguisher so can be used on all 3 classes of fires. However, it is not recommended for use on fat fires in the kitchen - only use a fire blanket or a BE rated extinguisher to put out cooking oil & fat fires.

BE - Can only be used on class B & E fires, not suited for class A fires. Best use for a BE extinguisher is in the kitchen & garage.

ABE & BE - Are suitable to use on or around electrical fires as the extinguishing agent is non-conductive.

How many fire extinguishers do I need?

You should have a fire extinguisher to cover each fire hazard area. Typically, fire hazard areas include the kitchen, laundry, barbeque, garage, car, caravan and boat.
 

Where should I keep fire extinguisher?

• In the home, caravan and boat, Fire Extinguishers should be stored close to an exit. That way, if the fire gets out of control, you can still exit safely.

• For your car, why not copy what rally and racing car drivers have done for years, by storing a Fire Extinguisher in a secured bracket on the floor, just in front of the driver’s seat. This will assist in providing easy access to the extinguisher, should a fire occur, within your vehicle.

• If in doubt, refer to the users manual or contact your local Fire Brigade.
 

Can I use my fire blanket more than once?

No, fire blankets are for single use only! Dispose after use.
 

If I take my blanket out of the pouch, can I put it back in?

Yes, there is folding instructions on how to fold and put back in pouch correctly.

Please note: The blanket should only be put back in pouch if unused