Updated: Nov 11, 2021
If you are reading this and and are wondering what a heat detector is and what they are used for, you are not alone. In this blog, we are going to talk about heat detectors, applications, and why you might want to add one in your garage.
What is a Heat Detector, Anyways?
Well, a heat detector used in many different applications serves an important purpose. It senses the convected thermal energy of a fire as increases the temperature of a heat sensitive element. Without the technical jargon, it senses an increase in temperature in a room that would be caused by a fire in the near vicinity. Why would I need or want one of these in my house, or garage?
Well, more than likely you probably wouldn't need one of these in your house. The most common application of heat detectors is in commercial setting in a fire alarm system. But what about in your garage?
Heat Detector Use in a Garage
Yes, a garage is one of the few places you would want to have one of these bad boys in a residence. Have you noticed that there is no protection against fire in your common garage. Why isn't there a smoke detector in there or something similar?
The answer is simple. In a garage, cars park inside. What do cars produce as a byproduct? Smoke and more important carbon monoxide. What sets off an ordinary smoke detector? Yes, you guessed it.
It would be quite annoying every time that you parked your car in a garage that the smoke detector went off. It would get old really quick. Some activities that would go on in a garage might be welding, working on cars, wood or metal work. These activities may produce vapors, that you might have guessed it, Beep,...Beep!.
Heat detectors are used on the principal that they only go off in the event of a significant rise in temperature in a room. This makes them ideal in a garage space as they will no go off for other reasons mentioned in the last paragraph. They will only go off if there is a dramatic increase in temperature, signaling a fire.
They can be interconnected with the home, but typically are wired separately, noting that the fire is in the garage, not just somewhere in the home. Even though they are not considered a life saving device, It could be a lifesaver if this is where the fire starts. Some warning would be 100 percent better than no warning at all.
Benefits of a Heat Detector
Well, instead there are reasons why there are fire separation barriers installed in between a attached garage in a home. There are approximately 6,600 fires every year started in garages attributed to 30 deaths and over 400 injuries. It may not seem like a lot, but every death is preventable and alert to a fire is extra minutes to escape.
If you like extra piece of mind and not mind adding an extra device to your garage, consider adding a heat detector. It may just save your life.