Kidde Slick radio-interlinked (RF) smoke alarms are mains powered with lithium backup batteries and can be wired to the nearest light fitting. The units use radio technology to 'talk' to each other: when one alarm activates, all other units that are interlinked via radio-interlink begin to alarm within seconds. The RF technology negates the need for connection wire, making the installation simpler and cheaper.
Mains Powered with rechargeable 10 year lithium back-up battery
Q. Please could you tell me how long it takes to charge up the battery on the Kidde radio interlinked bases?
A. Hello, it takes 24 hours to fully charge the back up battery on the Kidde radio interlinked bases.
Q. Does this alarm conform to BS 5446 part 1 as recommended by the Fire Service?
A. This recommendation has been superseded by BS 14604:2005. All of our smoke and heat alarms conform to this standard in accordance with the Kitemark.
Q. My ceiling light is on a dimmer switch. Can I still power my radio-interlinked mains smoke alarms from this lighting supply?
A. In modern housing the lighting circuit will travel around your house with the lights being fed from it. Between the circuit and the light will be a switch (or in this case a dimmer) which will control the light. Your mains powered alarms are connected directly to the circuit and have constant power, so are not affected by switches or dimmers.
In older homes that have not had the electrics updated this may not be the case so it is advisable to consult an electrician.
Q. What sort of smoke alarm system would I need to install for a HMO?
A. BS 5839-6 recommends that one or two storey HMOs with an individual floor area of no more than 200sqm (not the total of both floors) should have a Grade D smoke alarm system installed. Grade D refers to mains powered smoke alarms with a back up battery power supply. The alarms can be interlinked either by wire or by radio signal and the system does not require a separate fire alarm panel. For HMOs of 3 storey or higher, a Grade A panel system would need to be installed. This can cover the whole of the building, or can be used just for the communal areas with a separate Grade D system installed for the individual dwellings. For both applications, the level of cover should be a minimum of LD3 (in all escape routes) but this may change according to the fire risk assessment.
Q. Can I expand an existing system of Kidde Slick mains powered smoke alarms (with existing interlink through cable) with additional Slick RF smoke alarms as shown in http://www.safelincs.co.uk/kidde-slick-wireless-smoke-alarms/?
A. Yes, you need to add an RF base to just ONE of the existing smoke alarms. Make sure you connect the existing interconnect cable into the slot marked 'i' on the new RF base. Then you can add new RF slick smoke alarms to the system. Just make sure you go through the 'enrolment' process again to ensure all units recognise each other.