Where should I install Alarms in my home?

With so many types of Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms available, how do you know what type you need, and where to install them for the best protection?

Fire alarms have different sensors to detect different fire types. Some alarm sensors react to heat and some to the physical smoke created by a fire. By fitting the right type of alarm sensor, you will avoid nuisance alarms and get the best protection.

This simple guide will take you through each type of alarm so you can install the correct alarms, in the correct places.

Alarm and Sensor Types

Multi-Sensor Alarms

Our Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm, Ei3024, contains two sensor types to provide the best fire response. The Optical and Heat Sensors detect both smoke and heat, which enables a fast and effective response to both fast flaming and slow smouldering fires.

We recommend for our Multi-Sensor Alarm to be placed in the following locations:

  • Hallway
  • Landing
  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Bedrooms

As the alarm also intelligently monitors both sensors, the risk of nuisance alarms is virtually eliminated.

The Ei3028 Multi-Sensor Heat & Carbon Monoxide Alarm detects both Fire and Carbon Monoxide from a single alarm – it’s vital to protect against both risks.

The Ei3028 is suitable for:

  • Kitchens
  • Garages

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms containing Optical Sensors use an infra-red beam to detect smoke. They detect smoke from slow, smouldering fires such as electrical fires.

Optical Smoke Alarms are best installed in the following areas:

  • Hallway
  • Landing
  • Living Room
  • Dining Room

To avoid false alarms from cooking fumes, such as burnt toast, fit your Smoke Alarm in the hallway next to your kitchen.

We recommend the Ei3016 mains powered Optical Smoke Alarm.

Heat Alarms

Heat Alarms contain a Sensor which detects changes in temperature using a thermistor.

As a Heat Sensor detects heat rather than smoke, it is the perfect choice for kitchens, as it will not be triggered by cooking fumes.

We recommend fitting Heat Alarms in these areas within your home:

  • Kitchen
  • Garage

The alarm will only trigger once the temperature reaches 58°C degrees. Although this is adequate for kitchens and garages, it should not be used in other areas of your home as it will not provide the speed of response required – Smoke Alarms should be used instead.

We recommend the Ei3014 mains powered Heat Alarm.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer, you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. This is why having Carbon Monoxide alarms installed throughout a property is so important.

We recommend fitting a Carbon Monoxide Alarm in the following areas:

  • Rooms that have any fuel burning appliances – such as an open fire, gas cooker or boiler
  • Rooms where people spend the most time – such as a living room
  • Rooms where people sleep
  • Any room that has a flue running through it

We recommend the Ei3018 Carbon Monoxide Alarm.

Should my alarms be interlinked?

Regardless of the sensor type, Fire Alarms should be interconnected throughout a property. Interconnecting your alarms means that when one alarm in your home is triggered, all linked alarms will sound simultaneously, so you are alerted quickly, no matter what room you are in.

By using RadioLINK, alarms can be interconnected wirelessly using Radio Frequency signals to reduce the time and disruption from running cabling between the alarms.

If you are still unsure what type of alarm you need, why not use your handy Product Selector. Simply follow the steps and we will recommend the most suitable alarm for your requirements.

Where to install your Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

You need to install it in the correct location to ensure it provides lifesaving detection and the quickest response to a Fire or Carbon Monoxide leak.

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