The smoke detectors mandatory in more and more States enter into force. To learn what you need to know about this article. In cities such as Ludwigshafen smoke detectors include the mandatory equipment in new buildings, renovated and remodelled buildings for several years. Since July, 2012, also existing homes to be retrofitted in Rhineland-Palatinate. For landlords, housing and homeowners, this means an additional burden, however worthwhile. Each year hundreds lives can be saved through the use of smoke detectors – provided certain rules are followed when buying and installing. What smoke detectors is the right one? The selection of smoke detectors on the market is big.
Partially devices already for under 10 euros offered while particularly costly models beyond the 100-euro mark. The price says alone but only little about the durability and quality. The presence of CE and VdS rules is important. In the recent past, the Q-label has established itself also, It also provides information about certified quality. With the purchase of smoke detectors, care should be taken to also that an optical (LED) is installed next to an acoustic signal transmitter. So you can detect problems with the system even when the warning signal failed. How to install a smoke detector? Smoke detectors are basically screwed on straight ceilings or glued, and should have some space – around 50 centimetres – to the nearest wall. Normal rooms, it is sufficient to note these two rules.
It is different if the room, for example, L-shaped. In this case must be attached to the smoke detector on the MITRE line or provided with an own detector each room section. The same applies, if the room is divided by partition walls or ceiling furniture. To avoid problems with ceiling falls, which prevent the spread of smoke in the upper part of the room, rooms with lowered ceilings should also be equipped with two smoke detectors if the fall is not flat as 20 centimeters. At flat falls it enough to install a detector on the lintel. Where mandatory smoke detectors are these rules respected, can significantly reduce the risk resulting from fires. To avoid false alarms, smoke detectors should however not simply placed in each room. Bathrooms, kitchens, and other rooms with high steam or dust should be secured not by smoke detectors. The construction regulation of Rheinland-Pfalz prescribes the installation only for bedroom and children’s room, as well as escape routes serving corridors. Other rooms such as the living room can, but must not be fitted. If you maintenance do not even want to take the smoke detector, then can get support from professional service providers.