Cigarette Alarms

Smoke Alarms

Legislation now dictates that it is illegal to smoke in public areas which are enclosed, failure to enforce this legislation can lead to prosecution.

The penalties if someone smokes on your premises

If you fail to display a NO SMOKING sign in the appropriate place(s) you face a fixed penalty notice of £200 (discounted to £150 if you pay within 15 days), or prosecution and a smoking fine of up to £1,000.

If you cannot prove you took reasonable steps to prevent smoking in what should be a smoke-free place you face prosecution and a smoking fine of up to £2,500.

Since 1 July 2007 it is an offence to smoke in no-smoking premises and individuals will face a fixed penalty notice of £50 (discounted to £30 if you pay within 15 days) or prosecution and a smoking fine of up to £200.

To remove the risks of having heavy fines imposed it is recommended that cigarette alarms are fitted to those areas where staff and visitors are likely to try and ignore signs and smoke a cigarette out of sight, such as toilets, broom cupboards and storage rooms. Modern alarms can emit a tone or be programmed to call out a message such as “this is a no smoking area, please extinguish your cigarette, a member of staff has been alerted”. The alarms can also be fitted with an anti vandal cage to protect them from malicious damage.

Smoke Alarms

In 85% of deaths from fire, smoke inhalation was the major cause of death, not the heat or flames of the fire, the smoke. Therefore it is imperative that all properties, domestic and commercial have adequate smoke alarm coverage, they are relatively cheap, can run on battery or mains and offer a first line of defence in the case of a fire.

Their importance as a life saving piece of equipment cannot be stressed enough, whether you purchase yours from SureFire Safety or not is not our main priority, the safety of people in general is our concern and we would always strongly advise anyone to invest in smoke alarms for their homes or place of business. Early detection is paramount, allowing occupants the time to flee the scene prior to smoke inhalation, it is estimated that in some fires containing noxious fumes from everyday items such as furniture, carpets, etc, three breaths may be enough to kill you.