Health and Safety

Taking care with materials, equipment and work procedures and dealing with hazards.

Heat detectors

Heat detectors detect heat and smoke, but different types of heat detectors have a more specific range of operation.

Some detectors, for example, can detect heat.

  • for a wide range of types of fires
  • in spaces where normal temperatures have a limited range
  • in spaces where rapid temperature changes may occur.

Heat detectors must be appropriate to the type of detection required.

Smoke alarms generally provide earlier warning of a fire so they are preferred in most domestic situations, but a heat detector may be better in a kitchen to avoid nuisance alarms from things like burnt toast.

Updated: 04 July 2023