Our products are designed to protect you and your family, and you can keep your household safe through installing the right home life safety products for your home. This blog will explore how and when to replace your smoke and heat alarms, how to install a new fire detection system and some useful FAQs.
Carrying out a regular test on your smoke alarms and overall fire alarm system sensors is a vital part of ensuring your home is protected. Alarms
should be tested monthly to ensure your home life safety system is working correctly and nothing needs replacing. In 2017, fires in homes where a fire alarm was not present accounted for 27% (8,100) of all dwelling fires. This highlights the importance of having working smoke and heat alarms for protecting your home.
When replacing an old smoke or heat alarm with a new one, you must ensure that you are installing the correct replacement. We would suggest following British Standard recommendations, which covers specific guidance for fire alarm systems in all domestic properties. It highlights the type of smoke or heat alarms that should be installed and the areas of your property to protect.
Unfortunately, fires can start and spread to many areas of the home. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’ve got the right fire safety equipment installed around the property, paying attention to getting the right type for the right location. These are the best type of heat and smoke alarms to install for different areas of the home:
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is another risk to be aware of – you can’t see it, smell it or taste it, and the best way to stay protected is by fitting a Carbon Monoxide alarm. The British Standard states that Carbon Monoxide alarms should be fitted in:
Firstly, you will need to ensure you have purchased the correct replacement alarm – there are a lot of different types of fire alarms out there! You can do this by visiting our handy Product Selector tool. There are a range of battery powered and hard wired smoke and heat alarms available, but if you’re not sure which alarm is right for you, get in touch with our knowledgeable Technical Team, who are always happy to help.
This step-by-step guide will teach you how to replace and remove the existing alarm heads in your property.
Yes, you can replace your fire alarm yourself if your existing alarm has an easi-fit base, which means there is no need to remove or re-wire the baseplate. Replacing fire alarms is an easy process that is safe to carry out by yourself.
The majority of our alarms have a 10-year life, after which they should be replaced to ensure your home has the most effective protection.
The alarms have a date-code label on the side of them that shows the manufacture date and the recommended replacement date.
The four-digit code shows you the year and week that the alarm was made. The first two digits relate to the year and the second two digits relate to the week.
If your alarm is coming up to its replacement date, a new alarm should be installed as quickly as possible.
The first step is to find out the model number of the alarm that you have installed. You can then find the details of your nearest Stockist, who will be able to recommend products for your needs and supply a suitable replacement alarm.
If any of the alarms in your property are from the Ei140RC Series, the alarm may emit a single regular beep which indicates the alarm has a low battery. However, as a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that you change the battery in your fire alarm every year.
It’s a good idea to regularly test your smoke and heat alarms, to ensure parts don’t need to be replaced and that you have a good connection to the sensor. After all, the purpose of your alarm is to alert you to any potential danger, so you need to make sure everything is working correctly.
If you are not comfortable replacing your smoke or heat alarms, or if your alarm’s mounting plate needs removing or rewiring, you will need to use an Aico Expert Installer or your local electrician to ensure the process is completed safely with the correct electrical work.
All our Expert Installers have been trained by Aico to ensure they have all the information they need to correctly install domestic Fire, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Systems.
You can request a quote from our Expert Installers through adding products to your basket and sending this through to the Aico-approved installers in your area. Visit our product page to start.
For any further information please visit our homeowner website or contact our expert team on 01691 664100.
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