Difference Between a Fire Alarm and a Smoke Detector

August 15, 2019

There is a difference between a fire alarm and a smoke detector.  The smoke detector is to get you and your family out of the home before the fire truly takes hold.  The fire alarm is to alert the nearest Fire Brigade of the early stages of a fire so that your business or home can be saved before the fire takes hold.

The fire alarm has the capacity and is set up to send a message directly to the Fire Brigade station and they are alerted of the emergency at your address, whilst you are also alerted by text and alarm.  Of course if you are home you know which one is going to get your attention most.FSMT

For small and large business, here is a comprehensive list of prevention and preparation- QLD Fire Safe Tool of owner/occupiers.  It is quite thorough and all the tips will not apply to you but it is good to familiarise yourself with it from time to time.


We have attended quite a few fires that could have been prevented with a good fire sensing alarm.  When you close your business doors you should know without a doubt that if something does go wrong in the night, you have the right systems in place to prevent this catastrophe.  The fire brigade will be there before you are.


If you are considering or already have an alarm installed in your business or home please call your security firm or our office, to discuss the most effective way to add fire sensing to your system so that you are doubly covered with your safety and security.

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