Since July 2005, all owners of a rented residence in the Brussels-Capital Region have been required to install smoke detectors. Rapid smoke detection can reduce the number of casualties considerably.
Smoke detectors are on sale in all DIY stores. It is best to choose an optical detector, being the most suitable for detecting a smouldering fire or early smoke formation under any circumstances. The reaction time is also a lot faster in the event of a smouldering fire.
Smoke detectors must by certified by the Belgian Organisation for Security Certification (BOSEC) and equipped with a lithium battery with a lifespan of over five years. You can also connect smoke detectors to the mains electricity. In that case, a normal battery is sufficient.
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