Q608: What is the best type of smoke alarm to have?

There are various different types of smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are widely available and can cost as little as £5. The cost of a smoke alarm varies on the type of detection it uses.

Ionisation -

  • These types of smoke alarms detect free burning flames such as chip pan fires.
  • They detect the smoke before it gets thick.
  • Cost from under £5.
  • Availability - can be found in most supermarkets and DIY stores.

Optical -

  • These are more sensitive and will detect slow burning fires.
  • Less likely to go off whilst you are cooking.
  • Cost from £15.
  • Availability - can be found in DIY and electrical stores.

Combined -

  • These detect both free burning flames and slow burning fires.
  • Cost from £5.
  • Availability - can be found in DIY and electrical stores.

Some fire services offer free smoke alarms to the elderly and vulnerable, contact your local fire station for more details.

How useful did you find the answer?

Current answer rating

StarStarStarStarStarVery Useful

Do you still need to contact the police force?

If you can't find the answer? Ask a question