Fire detection

Fire detectors are devices which sense one or more of the products or phenomena resulting from fire, such as smoke, heat, infrared and/or ultraviolet light radiation, or gas.

In homes, smoke detectors are often stand-alone devices.

In non-domestic buildings, fire detection will typically take the form of a fire alarm system, incorporating one or more of the following automatic devices; heat detector; smoke detector, flame detector, and fire gas detector.

Fire detection (image)

Fire alarm

This factory fire alarm does not detect a fire itself, but relies on an individual to spot a fire or the signs of a fire and then trigger the alarm by breaking the glass and pressing a button.

There is no indication from the device itself whether pressing the button triggered an audible alarm or whether it had some other purpose.

The alarm was made by Gent & Company Limited (known as Gents') of Leicester which was founded by John Thomas Gent circa 1872 and still exists today as a company.

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