Smoke Alarm Installations
In Taunton, Bridgwater & Somerset
Which alarm sensor goes where?
There are many types of smoke alarm systems where some have sensors reacting to smoke and others to heat. We have listed a guide below on the different types of alarm sensors available and which alarm is best suited to each application, helping you to avoid nuisance false alarms and to give you the best possible protection.
Taunton Electricians guide to choosing the right fire alarm installation in each area within your property.
Multi-sensor alarms contain optical and heat sensors to detect both smoke and heat. They typically have the best response to all fire types from fast flaming to slow smouldering. Multi Sensor Alarms also intelligently monitors both sensors, the risk of nuisance alarms is virtually eliminated.
Multi-Sensor smoke alarm installations are most suitable for: Hallway, Landing, Living Room, Dining Room, Bedrooms.
Taunton Electrician recommends Mains Powered Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm – Ei3024
Optical Smoke Alarms use an infra-red beam to detect smoke, they detect smoke from slow, smouldering fires such as electrical fires.
Optical smoke alarm installations are most suitable for: Hallway, Landing, Living Room, Dining Room.
Taunton Electrician recommends the Mains Powered Optical Smoke Alarm – Ei3016
Ideal for kitchens as they won’t cause nuisance alarms from cooking fumes, heat alarms sensors only detect changes in temperature using a thermistor. Heat Alarms have a trigger level is set to 58°C degrees. Heat Alarms are not recommended to be used in any other areas of a domestic property as they will not provide the speed of response required, as above Smoke alarms should be used.
Fit Heat Alarms in: Kitchen, Garage.
Taunton Electrician recommends the Mains Powered Heat Alarm – Ei3014
Smoke alarms containing ionisation sensors use a small radioactive source to detect the invisible smoke particles given off by fast-flaming, clean burning fires such as bedding and clothing. Ionisation alarms shouldn’t be used in or near kitchens as they can be prone to false alarms from cooking fumes.
Fit Ionisation Sensors in: Bedrooms.
Although our preference is to recommend and install multi-sensors and optical alarms, for Mains Powered Ionisation Alarm’s
Taunton Electrician would recommend – Ei161e
Regardless of the sensor type, alarms should be interconnected throughout a property to ensure all alarms sound in the event of an activation, providing audibility for the occupants. By using RadioLINK, alarms can be interconnected wirelessly using Radio Frequency signals to reduce the time and disruption from running cabling between the alarms.
Linked or Interconnecting Alarms
To meet today’s standards and requirements, many domestic smoke alarm installations requires that the alarms, including heat alarms are interlinked, meaning if one alarm is activated then all the alarms installed on the same circuit are also sounded. It is also possible to retro install an interlinking set up using radio frequency radio bases.
Taunton Electrician recommends Aico RadioLink + Ei100MF
RadioLINK+ wireless interconnection technology uses radio frequency (RF) signals to wirelessly link alarms together with added functionality. Interconnecting alarms is vital so that occupants can hear the alarm throughout the property and is required in the British Standard BS 5839-6:2013.
There are many reasons for using wireless interconnection:
Eliminates tricky wiring runs
Saves time at installation
Reduces mess and disruption during installation
Makes it easier to add in new alarms and accessories
The RadioLINK+ module Ei100MRF is compatible with the 160e Series and the Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm, Ei2110e.
Which smoke alarms should I choose and where should they be fitted?
There is a general rule for smoke alarm positioning please see below:
Bedrooms - Optical smoke detectors OR combined optical smoke and heat detector.
Landings - Ionisation smoke alarms OR Combined optical smoke and heat detector.
Kitchen and Garage - Heat alarms
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Is it a legal requirement to have a smoke alarm? - Homeowners and landlords need to ensure that the property is equipped with at least one smoke alarm on each storey where there is a room used as living accommodation. This has been a legal requirement in private renting since 2015.
What is the new law regarding smoke alarms? - By February 2022 all homes should have smoke alarms in every circulation space on every storey. Smoke alarms should also be installed in rooms most frequently used for general living and heat alarms in every kitchen. All smoke alarms should be interlinked so when one alarm sounds then it will sound all of the alarms to alert occupants of a potential fire.
Why does my smoke alarm go off randomly? - The most likely reason is that the battrey needs replacing. However if you are unsure then you should call an electrician for peace of mind.
How much are smoke alarm installations? - Taunton Electrician charge as low as £70 for a smoke alarm replacement. Depending on how many you require, what type the smoke alarms are and finally what smoke alarm system you require will die determining factors of the electrical cost.