Heat Alarm Sensors for Garages
It is common knowledge that many garages are filled with combustible substances and tools that can potentially start a fire. A simple mistake or an accidental spill could lead to a devastating fire that can destroy property and threaten lives. Making matters worse is that garages are often overlooked for being places to install life-safety devices, like heat alarm sensors. In reality, garages should represent one of the top locations in any home or business for adding these devices. By installing heat alarm sensors in your garage, you are keeping both yourself and the people around you safe from a possibly deadly incident.
Many personal garages can get away with just having one heat sensor. However, a larger commercial garage may require multiple heat alarm sensors in order to properly monitor the entire area. For instance, if a fire occurs on one side of the garage, it might be too late by the time the heat sensor in the garage’s center detects the high heat associated with the fire. For optimal coverage, having multiple heat sensors spread throughout the garage is ideal. This is especially true for locations such as auto shops, welding centers and any large indoor commercial setting where power tools and machinery are commonplace.
In addition to installing heat alarm sensors, it is also strongly recommended that users employ fire-safety practice and that they keep appropriate equipment on-hand at all times. Keeping at least one ready-to-use fire extinguisher inside the garage at all times is absolutely essential for putting out any fires that may occur. A larger commercial garage will most likely require multiple fire extinguishers throughout the garage. Additionally, users should always be careful when working with substances or tools that could be used to start a fire. Make sure you know the correct safety protocols when working with dangerous equipment, and never operate heavy machinery inside of an enclosed area without proper ventilation.
A large number of heat alarm sensors will include both smoke detection and heat detection. However, some devices will only function as heat sensors. Having a sensor for both heat and smoke detection is generally ideal, as it is possible that the smoke from the fire may reach the detector before the high temperatures. However, if smoke is commonly present in the garage, having a device that is used strictly for heat detection may be the best possible option, as causing false alarms could be a real problem.
It is also very important that you test your fire-safety devices on a regular basis. If necessary, change the batteries inside the sensor to make sure that these devices are always powered on and functioning properly. Both wireless and hardwired heat sensors are available, with both types making sense in certain applications. One major advantage to hardwired heat sensors is that they can operate in a one-go, all-go setting, in which if one sensor is activated, all of the others will as well. For wireless heat sensors, this is only possible for certain devices, like the Honeywell SiXSmoke. That being said, most DIY users find that wireless sensors are somewhat easier to install and program with a security system.