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Fire & CO Alarms ●From previous page


Forward-thinking house builders are already taking the initiative with mains alarms. For example, Thakeham – one of the leading


residential developers in the South East – ensures peace of mind for its customers with mains smoke and heat alarms, and carbon monoxide alarms, all interlinked for whole-home safety.


ignoring gas or other fuels. They are based on the Building Regulations Part J ‘Approved Document’, covering England and Wales and if upgraded, would inevitably result in changes to Part J as well, to encompass all combustion fuels and substantially increasing the number of properties needing CO alarms. All the Regulations and the British Standard


are unanimous in allowing either mains or battery-only CO alarms. Battery alarms should incorporate a battery designed to operate for the working life of the detector, such as Kidde’s self-contained 10LLCO and 10LLDCO carbon monoxide alarms, which enjoy a full 10-year guarantee covering both the alarm and sealed- in lithium battery. The CO sensors – the key component – are actually tested throughout a 10-year period or longer.


Combined Installation Clearly, there are parallels between smoke alarms and CO alarms which we can learn from. One promising development comes from the Scottish Government in a recent consultation proposal on fire alarms for housing. It considers that: “it makes practical sense to combine installation programmes for … smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms together. For this reason, we would also like to consider… adding carbon monoxide detectors to the minimum standard [for smoke alarms]”. Hard-wired carbon monoxide alarms should therefore grow in popularity, particularly where


they can combine with smoke/heat alarms to form comprehensive systems. Kidde’s 4MCO range of mains alarms with back-up power can be interconnected with each other and also the company’s Firex smoke and heat alarms using the ‘Smart Interconnect’ feature for whole home protection. Crucially, the CO alarms have different, distinct alarm sounder patterns for carbon monoxide and fire, supported by different display messages on the digital model. So, without the need for any further operation of the system (such as remote switches), Smart Interconnect automatically alerts occupants of the specific hazard that confronts them. This allows them to respond quickly, making the right choice from the very different alternative actions for either fire or the presence of carbon monoxide. Using Smart Interconnect, Kidde CO alarms


act as sounders for the smoke/heat alarm system as well as warning of carbon monoxide. This is particularly useful in bedrooms where occupants may not be awoken by landing smoke alarms.


Forward-thinking house builders Forward-thinking house builders are already taking the initiative with mains alarms. For example, Thakeham – one of the leading residential developers in the South East – ensures peace of mind for its customers with mains smoke and heat alarms, and carbon


monoxide alarms, all interlinked for whole- home safety, as shown here. Thakeham Homes, part of the Thakeham Group, delivers a range of new homes including bungalows, apartments and houses in sought after locations throughout Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. The company is proud of its exceptional attention to detail, particularly when it comes to safety. A Thakeham spokesperson commented: “We specify Kidde Firex smoke and heat alarms, alongside Kidde’s 4MCO carbon monoxide alarms, for all new homes. These interlinked products provide an integrated alarm system, meeting all our technical requirements from a single manufacturer. “At Thakeham, we aim to exceed minimum


standards and regulations. A working chimney will be installed with a solid fuel appliance – along with a CO alarm to meet current Building Regulations. But we also ensure a CO alarm is positioned in the proximity of any gas boiler, as an extra precaution. We insist that all the alarms – including CO – are mains powered, interlinked and have battery back-up to give our home owners real peace of mind should the unthinkable happen.” As a straightforward, low cost early warning, wider installation of smoke, heat and CO alarms is an essential first step with safety in housing today.


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Heat alarms should always be interconnected with smoke alarms in other areas. (Photos courtesy of Thakeham) 20 | electrical wholesalerMarch 2018 www.ewnews.co.uk


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