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Installation and maintenance of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, photoelectric alarms

Installation and maintenance of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, photoelectric alarms in and around Edmonton

Does any of your fire alarm needs an update? Do you need to install smoke or fire alarm in your house or business property? Are you building a new property or need a code upgrading regarding fire alarms? Contact Professional Electrical & Control Ltd. in and around Edmonton for these services. Give us a call at: 780-476-1413 or get a quote online.

Type of fires

It is important to know two types of fires before we dig deeper into the fire and smoke alarms.

One is a fire with flames. It is visibly there and gets people to react as a natural reaction. Another one is a fire without flames. It is called smoldering fire. It can burn for days without being noticed or without being reacted upon.

Now as much as it may seem like fire and smoke alarms are one thing; they actually are not.

Type of alarms

Ionization alarms or flame fire alarms

The most common fire alarms used are called ionization fire alarms. These alarms are very fast to react when there is fire with the fast moving heavy flames. They don’t react as fast when only smoke is present. In some controlled testing atmospheres, ionization fire alarms detect and react 30-90 seconds faster in fast flame fires as compared to smoldering fires and ionization fire/smoke alarms.

Photoelectric alarms or smoke alarms

The alarms that are good for smoldering fires are called photoelectric fire / smoke alarms. These alarms react faster for the fires when there are no flames, and only smoke might be present. In controlled testing environments, photoelectric smoke/fire alarms detect  and react 20-50 minutes faster in smoldering fires as compared to common ionization fire alarms.

Which fire alarm to use?

Depending upon the application, both alarms types (Ionization and Photoelectric) are used at appropriate location of the houses or commercial building. Give us a call at 780-476-1413 and we will be glad to help you, analyse your needs and finish installing right fire alarm in most cost effective manner.

Price-wise, none of the fire alarm is too costly and price should not be the deciding factor in selecting the right fire alarm type.

Carbon Monoxide or CO alarm

Carbon Monoxide is a gas and is a byproduct of an incomplete combustion process. Some examples of combustion in/ around a house or in an building are fireplace, stove, furnace, BBQ, etc. A running car in a closed garage is another example. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is slightly lighter than air and mixes evenly in the room air. It is a toxic gas with no smell.

The CO alarms are different than that of fire alarms and are designed to detect different CO concentration in air in long time range as well as in short time ranges. The CO sickness can cause headaches, nausea and in extreme cases it can affect heart and, immune system. It can be a cause of death of inhaled over a period.

Key things to considering in these alarm installations

  • All these fire and CO alarms should be properly installed at right distances, height and at every required floor level.
  • Building owners need short training on the topic that how these alarms warn the occupants.
  • Owners also need to know the various patterns of these alarms and how to recognize them.
  • Owner needs to be guided on what to do in case of an alarm sounds and warns.

We at professional electrical and controls love to guide our customers about these safety aspects in general and about these fire alarms in particular at the time of installation. We are just a phone call away! Call 780-476-1413

Stay safe!