Honeywell Smoke Alarms: Saving Your Bacon!

How many times have you been cooking bacon “the morning after the night before” onlySaving Your Bacon 1 to find the smoke alarm goes off? Almost ritualistically, you either grab a tea towel and start aimlessly “wafting” it in front of the unit or worse still, grab a chair and climb the heady heights, fumbling with cover in an attempt to remove the batteries and silence the raging nuisance alarm! I’m sure many can relate to this story?

Even though bacon is a well renowned “hangover” food, can I ask how many of you then remember to put the batteries back in, immediately afterwards?

Taking Welsh Government fire incident statistics* over a 5 year period, although 9 in 10 households do have a smoke alarm, nearly 1in 10 didn’t have the batteries fitted! The Welsh are not alone here and similar statistics can be found for the rest of the UK.

Saving Your Bacon 2In my earlier example, I chose the phrase “nuisance alarm” rather than “false alarm”. The reason for this careful choice of narrative is obvious when you consider what happened with your bacon… The fumes/smoke was sensed, the alarm was activated correctly! Accepting that this event can be somewhat frustrating, you could only ever describe this style of occurrence as a nuisance alarm and not a false alarm. So on the basis that the smoke alarm did what it was intended to do, is there a better more reliable method of sensing for smoke in busy kitchen environments?

Well HONEYWELL were approached and have spent the last few years developing a solution to this, and will soon to launch a new domestic heat alarm specifically for high humidity, high condensation, fume laden environments like the kitchen and bathroom. Approved to BS5446-22:2003, the XH100 heat alarm is set to detect heat from the like of chip pan fires and burning cloths. The HONEYWELL heat detection method means the alarm is unaffected by most normal instances derived from airborne cooking residues/by-products, reducing the occurrence of “nuisance alarms”! Coupled to the sealed for life 10 year battery, it would appear the days of standing on chairs or “wafting” appear to be over!

Honeywell Smoke Alarm: Saving your BaconDuring the course of HONEYWELL’s investigations, it was clear that in many other rooms and access ways within the house, heat sensing alone may not be the optimised fire detection method. HONEYWELL therefore created a purely optical sensing smoke alarm version called the XS100. The unit is best located in bedrooms, hallways and landings.

HONEYWELL also designed a combined optical and heat sensing smoke alarm called the XS100T, which is ideally placed in lounges and near prime exit routes and stairwells, where either the detection of heat build-up or smoke would trigger the alarm, affording the best chance of early detection.

Together SKAN and HONEYWELL will soon be launching these new home protection products for the Fires and Fireplace Market in the UK. If you would like to know more, please feel to  contact us: or 01217333003


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