Wireless or mains smoke alarms: which to choose?

London Fire ProtectionWhen it comes to choosing a smoke alarm for their home, the majority of people are aware of the importance of their decision. Not only could the alarm potentially save the lives of themselves and their family members by alerting them to a fire or the beginnings of one, but they could also rescue their property and possessions as a result of the early warning.

In addition, it is a legal requirement for rented buildings and commercial properties to be fitted with a smoke alarm.

Therefore, whether the decision is a common sense one or a legally binding one, the focus comes to which sort of smoke alarm to choose.

There are a number of different types of domestic smoke detectors with a variety of capabilities. However, in most cases, the decision comes between battery smoke detectors and mains smoke alarms.

There are a number of reasons for choosing each and in many cases, the decision will come down to a personal preference, especially as all smoke alarms have to be produced in accordance with British safety and quality standards.

Therefore, when choosing the right alarm, it is necessary to look at what makes each individual and why they may be more appropriate for a certain setting:

Wireless smoke alarms

In many cases, wireless smoke detectors are chosen for the fact that they are wireless. This, in the eyes of many makes them fast, simple and effective. Many people see the word wireless and think high-tech. Therefore, they reason if everything else in their lives is wireless, why not their smoke alarm.

However, a further advantage to choosing wireless is the lack of fuss and mess which comes with them. These can be instantly installed with little mess, no drilling and an instant guarantee of safety. There is also the fact that many people would prefer a home or business with as few wires cluttering up their working or living area as possible.

A lack of fuss when installing the Kidde smoke detectors also means that the home or business is allowed to go without disruption, which is often not the case when a device has to be wired or professionally fitted. Finally there is the consideration that for many listed and historical buildings where an alarm is highly necessary, wiring is forbidden. Therefore, a wireless smoke detector is the only available option.

Wired smoke detectors

Despite the many advantages of wireless smoke detectors, they are still seen by some people as being “new fangled” and as a result, many people prefer to have a system hard-wired into their home or business because of real or imagined quality over the wireless alternative. However, whilst much of this thinking is put down to people simply being unable or unwilling to move forward technologically, there is some evidence to support the idea. Not only is it proven that wired smoke alarms are more reliable but with no maximum distance between detector and control panel there is less chance of something going wrong in the event of an emergency.

There is also the convenience of not having to check the batteries on a regular basis which makes a wired in smoke alarm a more attractive idea.

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Make Your Bedroom A Winter Wonderland In Ten Easy Steps

iStock_000007330106MediumWith winter finally here, now is the time to begin transforming your home ready for the festive season. Yet while living rooms and other communal areas often see the brunt of the decorating attention, more private areas such as our bedrooms can get overlooked.

For those who want to bring the spirit of Christmas into every part of their home, here is a ten step guide on how to transform your bedroom into a winter wonderland.

Step 1: Decorate the furniture Regardless of whether your bedroom furniture is made from wood or metal, there are many things you can do to give it a Christmas makeover. Decorate lightly by adding festive ornaments to the top of dressing tables or hanging tinsel or other decorations from the handles of chest of drawers.

Step 2: Change the bedding

If you want to create a true winter wonderland then match your winter blankets with fresh, white bedding. Crisp pillow cases and duvets combined with thin sheets create a luxurious layered look and is finished perfectly by a thick velvet blanket in a bright festive colour.

Step 3: Add lights

Fairy lights aren’t just for the Christmas tree so bring them into your bedroom. Whether your drape them from a wall or wrap them around the bottom of your bed is up to you – just never leave them plugged in and unattended. For more inspiration, take a look at these 50 bedrooms decorated with Christmas lights.

Step 4: Decorate the windows

Share your festive cheer with the outside world by decorating your windows. This can mean creating beautiful motifs using snow spray and stencils or sticking colourful, festive stickers to the inside of windows. You can even get some that light up if you want to go all out.

Step 5: Add candles

Candles are always popular during the festive season so place some strategically around your bedroom and light them during the evening. Again, keep safety in mind at all times and consider opting for scented such as cinnamon.

Step 6: Let it snow

If you don’t mind a little mess then why not give your bedroom the full winter wonderland makeover with fake snow? Sprinkle over window sills and bedroom furniture for a subtle but striking look.

Step 7: Set the tone

A winter wonderland isn’t just about looks so truly set the tone with festive music.

Step 8: Bring the outdoors in

Christmas tree or wreath – whatever you have room for, bring it into your bedroom to truly make the festive season come alive. Wreaths can be mounted on the door or hung on wardrobe doors depending on your preference.

Step 9: Hand your stockings up

A different type of stocking to the one you usually find in the bedroom, hanging yours up ready for a Christmas Eve visit is essential.

Step 10: Wear festive pyjamas

Turning your bedroom into a winter wonderland doesn’t end with interior decoration so grab your favourite winter pyjamas and jump into your soft and sumptuous bed – what better way is there to celebrate Christmas?