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In a modern stove, a flue expels the gases from the burning wood, which keeps you warm. The flue is carefully designed to ensure smoke and gases leave the fire without any discomfort or inconvenience to yourself.
Smoke can sometime enter a room from a stove, if there is a downdraft, or if the rope sealant on the fire window has failed. You quickly become aware of this, as stoves are usually only in operation when someone is around. But what happens if there is a fire in a home, which is not planned? A smoke detector can be the different between life and death.
We always strongly recommend a fire alarm and a carbon monoxide detector in a home. In this article we are considering the key things you should pay attention to when getting a smoke alarm.
A heat alarm goes off when a room reaches a certain temperature. They are good in rooms like the bathroom or kitchen, where a smoke detector would be set off by the smoke or steam. Heat alarms are as easy to fit as a smoke detector and cost from around £5 upwards.
If you don’t have a fire alarm (or heat alarm/carbon monoxide detector), don’t delay – get one fitted now. If you have one, ensure it works correctly. Using an extended vacuum hose to suck away any residual dust, which can affect the sensors is good to do from time to time.