Finally, fire and carbon monoxide protection for kitchens combined in just one alarm

The kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in a household, as cooking appliances are one of the most likely causes of accidental house fires. To detect a fire in a kitchen, heat alarms are usually installed. The kitchen, however, also contains a less well-known risk, carbon monoxide (or CO). Gas boilers are often located in the kitchen, alongside gas cookers and ovens, creating potential sources of carbon monoxide, this poisonous gas is a by-product of fossil fuels such as gas being burned. As this gas cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, a carbon monoxide alarm is the only way of detecting it, giving a loud warning sound if CO is detected.

Ei Electronics has now launched an excellent solution; a detector that deals with both risks in one unit. The Ei3028 combined heat and carbon monoxide detector can detects both of these potential dangers, warning occupants in the event of a fire or a CO leak in the kitchen.

Instead of having to install two separate alarms (a CO and a heat alarm), with the associated costs of an electrician and wiring, just one alarm needs to be installed. This gives a cost saving and also is more aesthetically pleasing as there is only one alarm on your ceiling.

This unique combined mains powered heat and CO alarm is fitted with a 10 year rechargeable lithium back-up battery, so will never require the replacement of batteries during its 10 year life. It features two different alarm sounds depending on which sensor has been triggered.

The Ei3028 alarm is part of a product family that covers all the risks in your house or flat. The range includes smoke, heat, carbon monoxide and combined smoke and heat detectors, all of which are compatible with previous models of Ei ranges. The SmartLINK module is also available which allows for hybrid interlinking (radio or hardwired) of up to 12 compatible devices.

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Or contact our friendly customer care team on freephone 0800 612 6537 or via support@safelincs.co.uk

Connor Storr

Connor Storr

Product Administrator

Connor is one of our product administrators. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fire and security safes and fire doors.

Smoke alarms that beep in the night – a new help guide

Ei156TLH Mains Powered Optical Smoke AlarmMains powered smoke alarms are required whenever a new home is built, a home is extended or materially altered. As they are interlinked they ensure that the alarm is spread through the entire building, notifying you of the fire even when you are in bed. Most mains powered alarms have a back-up battery inside to ensure that the alarms work even if their power supply is interrupted, for example by a blown fuse, which can happen when the fire was started by an electrical fault. Over the years, should either the power supply fail or should the backup battery become flat, the alarms will beep to notify you that there is a problem. As the cold of a night will weaken the backup battery, the warning beeps will usually start at night, which is, of course, a nuisance. However, beeping due to low battery is not the only reason an alarm might beep for and it can be very difficult to work out what has gone wrong. To help our customers, we have therefore created a simple-to-follow help guide for one manufacturer’s products. The reason for picking Ei Electronics’ products is that they are the undisputed market leader in mains powered alarms. Their smoke alarms are found in almost every new or converted home in the UK, so that we focused on their products in this help guide.

Their mains powered smoke alarm series is ‘Aico’ branded and follows the following numbering system

Ei140 series (mains powered with alkaline backup battery which needs changing every year or two)

Ei160 series (mains powered with sealed-in, rechargeable 10 year lithium battery

 

Within each series, there are three types of detectors ending each with one of the following numbers:

..1 (eg Ei141): Ionisation smoke alarms. Good for fast flaming fires, such as paper and wood. They do, however, have a tendency to false alarm if for example a toast is burned nearby.

..4 (eg Ei144): Heat alarms. Used in kitchens, as these units are insensitive to burnt toast

..6 (eg Ei146): Optical smoke alarms. Less prone to false alarms from burnt toast. Good for smouldering fires such as from soft furnishing

Further helpful information about smoke alarms can be found in our help section.

Replacement smoke alarms can be easily identified on our overview chart showing older smoke alarms models and their replacements.

For Aico/Ei Electronics mains powered smoke alarms we are able to offer dedicated replacement alarms that can be fitted by a home owner without requiring an electrician.

We also offer very detailed further advise about smoke alarm defects and solutions on our forum.

There is also a range of videos showing you step-by-spep how to remove smoke alarms from their bases

New Help Page For Replacing Discontinued Smoke Alarms

When smoke alarms reach about 10 years of age they need replacing to ensure full protection of the building. As smoke alarm manufacturers improve the technology of smoke alarms, they bring out new models every few years. This can be a problem, especially if a customer has networked smoke alarms and would like to replace just some of them.

It can sometimes be very difficult to know which alarm is compatible with your existing alarms, especially if the base is different or the new smoke alarm has a different interconnection. To help reduce the frustration for our customers we recently developed a chart for Kidde mains powered smoke alarms to show which new alarms were replacing discontinued or upgraded smoke alarms. The  feedback we got from our visitors was so strong, that we rolled this list out to Ei Electronics and Aico smoke alarms. Customers can now pin-point the best replacements for our main ranges of Ei and Kidde smoke alarms. There is no complicated table to navigate, just a very neat chart that clearly indicates which replacement alarm you need to buy.

Where possible we have tried to keep the replacement smoke alarms of the same shape and size but there are some that will need to have new bases fitted and may be of a different shape, which could mean that you will need to decorate around it.

If you have any further queries or cannot find your old smoke alarm model in our list, please contact us and we are happy to help and add the model to the list.

Overview about radio-interlinked smoke alarms

For several years Safelincs has been offering Ei Electronics’ radio-interlinked smoke alarm ranges. Occasionally, we receive requests for a more detailed overview about how the radio-linked smoke alarms are grouped, as there are quite a few different models. Here a brief overview of the different products available:

Radio-interlinked smoke alarms (Ei calls them RadioLINK smoke alarms) can be grouped into battery operated and mains powered models. Both the battery operated smoke alarm series Ei3100RF and Ei600  as well as the mains powered ranges of the Ei140, Ei160 and Ei2110 series offer wireless connection between smoke and heat detectors. The Ei140, 160 and Ei2110 series require a RadioLINK base unit (provided by Safelincs when you order these units) to radio-link the alarms while the battery operated units have the RF (radio frequency) module already integrated into the actual smoke alarm.

The purpose of radio-interlinked alarms is to ensure that when a smoke alarm detects a fire in one part of the building it notifies all the other alarms in the house per radio signal, triggering them to activate their sounders as well, hence notifying the occupiers of the building accross the entire building – and without the need for interconnecting cables.

The RadioLINK technology deployed by Ei Electronics is split into two categories:

1) Basic RadioLINK interconnection (models Ei3100RF as well as Ei140 with radio base): If one alarm goes off, all alarms go off. There is also the possibility to test the alarms with a remote test device and to use manual break points connected also with radio-interlink. However, the customer cannot for example silence or locate sounding alarms remotely. One alarm in such a system can act as a repeater to increase the reach of the network.

2) As above but with Remote Control Functionality (models Ei600 as well as Ei160 and Ei2110 with radio-base). Remote Control Functionality offers the possibility to remote test, hush and locate the alarms. Each smoke alarm unit can also act as a repeater, allowing these systems to cover larger buildings.

All of the above units can be ‘housecoded’, meaning that the smoke alarms will only communicate with alarms from the same group and not with your neighbour’s system. This is achieved through simple housecoding of the units when you install the alarms.

Where is the power-supply coming from?

The radioLINK units have different sources of power-supply:

Ei3100RF series: 9V block batteries, which need to be changed every year

Ei600 series: Sealed longlife batteries which will last the full ten year life of the smoke alarms

Ei140 series: Mains powered (usually from nearest light fitting) plus a 9V block battery as backup. Again, the 9V battery should be replaced every year.

Ei160 series  and Ei2110: Mains powered (usually from nearest light fitting) plus a re-chargeable, longlife lithum battery which will last the full ten year life of the smoke alarm.

 

Aico multi-sensor fire alarm wins award

The Ei2110 multi-sensor fire alarm has won Best New Product at SELECT Electrotechnical Awards 2010.

SELECT represents the electrical contracting industry in Scotland. These awards are in recognition of excellence and best-practice within the industry. As the Ei2110 Fire alarm is the first mains powered multi-sensor alarm suitable for residential use it ticked all the right boxes for the award.

The dual sensor alarm offers better protection and leads to fewer false alarms. The Ei2110 comes with an easy to fit base unit, making installation very simple. This bespoke base unit automatically activates the lithium back up battery once the alarm has been fitted to the base. It is also compatible to interlink with other Ei smoke alarm ranges and can be sold with a radio-interlink base to allow wireless communication with other Ei radio-interlinked alarm products.

Aico Smoke and CO Alarms installed by 2010 Rotherham Ltd

Ei21ENRC Arm’s Length Management Organisation 2010 Rotherham Ltd is installing Aico Ei261ENRC mains powered Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms into its properties, interconnected with Aico Ei166RC Optical Smoke Alarms.

The alarms are being fitted as part of 2010 Rotherham’s capital programme.  The CO alarms are a new improvement to the tenants’ homes and are being installed in rooms where a solid fuel or an open flued appliances exists.

It was chosen to interconnect the CO and smoke alarms together due to the fact that CO alarms need to be close to the appliance most likely to produce CO fumes – often away from bedrooms – and so there is a danger that an occupant sleeping upstairs may not hear the CO alarm.

By interconnecting with the smoke alarms, all the alarms – CO and smoke – sound.  To ensure the appropriate action is then taken (which differs depending on whether it’s a CO leak or a fire), an Ei1529RC Alarm Control switch has been installed in the main hallway, which has a ‘Locate’ function that can be used to identify the source of the alarm.

Billy Brooks, Electrical Project Manager at 2010 Rotherham, comments on the choice of alarm manufacturer: “We’ve been using Aico smoke alarms for quite a long time.  Aico is one of the manufacturers to supply alarms with Lithium cells instead of batteries (as a back up to the main supply), which solved the problem of the batteries being removed.  They also gave a good guarantee, with 10 years on the Lithium cell and five on the alarm.  These were the reasons why we included Aico products into our specification.

“We started fitting the Aico CO alarms into vulnerable properties, i.e. those with solid fuel and open flued appliances and we have now included it into the specification for our Decent Homes programme.”

The Ei261ENRC CO Alarm from Aico features the latest generation electrochemical type CO sensor which automatically checks CO levels in the environment every 80 seconds.  It comes with high and low level LED indicators with a special pre alarm LED indication for detection of CO at 50ppm and a memory feature which enables the user to tell if CO has been detected during a period of absence.  The alarm also comes with a cost-saving replaceable CO sensor design and quick CO Gas test facility.

Both the Ei261ENRC CO Alarm and the Ei166RC Optical Smoke Alarm benefit from 10 year+ Lithium cell back-up supply, hush button for false alarm control, separate mains and warning LEDs, Easi-fit fixing system for reduced installation time and effort and a comprehensive 5 year guarantee.

All Aico alarms are designed and manufactured in Ireland and meet UK standards and regulations.