The BRK 7010BE mains powered optical smoke alarm is suitable for installations needing to comply with BS 5839-6: 2019 Grade D2. Fitted with a replaceable 9V alkaline back-up battery in case of mains failure, this alarm can be hardwire interlinked with up to 12 compatible smoke alarms and 6 heat alarms to provide a simultaneous warning in an emergency situation. The alarm features a combined test and silence button and a visual LED to indicate power and that the unit is fully operational. This alarm also has a battery drawer which resists closing unless a battery is installed, warning the user that the unit will not operate under AC power without a battery.
Q. What smoke alarm should I use in a bedroom with an en suite bathroom?
A. It is usually recommended to install an optical smoke alarm in a bedroom. This is because optical smoke alarms are slightly quicker at detecting slow smouldering fires that can originate from upholstery type materials and over-heated wiring. Also, an optical smoke alarm would be less likely to sound a false alarm than an ionisation would, if steam/water droplets were present from the bathroom. Detectors should be installed as central to the room as possible; however for your application I would also consider the position of the en suite to make sure that the detector is not in the direct path of the joining door. This is just to try and avoid the chances of a false alarm. No detector is designed for use in bathroom areas.
Q. How do I safely dispose of my old smoke alarms?
A. Safelincs is signed up to Valpak's WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Distributor Take-Back Scheme (Registration ID: 7370). Private households can therefore drop off their electronic and electrical fire safety waste at their municipal recycling centre when they are purchasing new products from us. To find your nearest recycling centre, please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk.
Q. How long do the batteries last in smoke alarms?
The 9V alkaline batteries last 12-18 months. Lithium batteries will usually last 5x longer than their alkaline counterparts, achieving around 5 years lifetime. Some lithium cells are also rechargeable, and when used in a mains-powered alarm may last for the entire functional lifespan of the alarm. Newer alarm models may also feature a "sealed" lithium battery. These batteries are specialist components which are designed to not be removed or need replacing by the user, and have been tested by the alarm manufacturer to ensure they last for the lifetime of the alarm.
Please Note: the actual lifetime of your batteries depends on how often the alarms are tested or activated, as sounding the alarm draws more power than when the alarms are "waiting" to detect fire. You should also read your alarm's manual to make sure you only use the recommended types and brands of batteries, as failing to follow these instructions may cause the alarm to malfunction, not alerting you in the event of a fire, and might also invalidate the warranty.
Q. Can a smoke alarm be fitted with a sticky adhesive pad in a let property?
A. The sticky pad is suitable for all battery operated smoke alarms. However, we cannot judge if battery alarms are suitable for your let property, as let properties usually require mains powered alarms. There is some advice to this in the governments guides to fire risk assessments. http://www.safelincs.co.uk/Fire-Risk-Assessment/ Also see the LACoRS guide for let properties.
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. How long do smoke alarms last before needing replacement?
A. It is recommended that smoke alarms are replaced after 10 years. This is because the sensors in the smoke alarms become less sensitive and may not activate when a fire is present.
Q. Why is my alarm beeping?
In general there are three reasons an alarm might beep, other than when a fire is detected. It could indicate the alarm is over 10 years old and needs replacing. You can find the replace-by date on the alarm itself. Sometimes dust build-up can also set optical smoke alarms off. If this is the case, use a vacuum or hair dryer on the cold setting to clean it. Finally it could be an issue with the power supply. If it is a battery operated alarm, the battery might need replacing. If it is a mains powered alarm there could be a problem with the supply of power to the alarm.
Q. What is the best way to test my alarm?
A. We recommend testing alarms by pressing the test button built-in to the unit, as this is designed to simulate the detection of the target stimuli (usually smoke, heat, or CO) at the alarm sensor. You should test your alarms regularly to ensure they are protecting building occupants, preferably every week. For more detailed guidance, check the manual included with your alarm.
Q. Can I put my smoke alarm on the wall, or must it be mounted on the ceiling?
The best location to install your smoke alarm is in the centre of the ceiling rather than on the wall. During a fire, smoke initially rises and then spreads to the sides of the room. By installing the alarm on the ceiling, this ensures that you receive the earliest possible warning of a fire.
Q. Do I need an ionisation or optical smoke alarm?
A. We recommend using an optical smoke alarm in hallways, as these are less likely to go off because of cooking fumes from a connected kitchen. Optical smoke alarms are also ideal for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, as they are good at detecting smouldering fires from soft furnishings. For landings we recommend ionisation alarms. Heat alarms are designed for kitchens and garages. No alarms should be installed in bathrooms.
Pricing & Availability
Product Code: BK7010BE
More than 20 in stock Expected dispatch: 10th Dec
£17.99 inc VAT
£14.99 ex VAT
6 customers have have given this product an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5
Reviews by real customers
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Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Reviewed by: CM
The product was to replace an existing smoke alarm, replacing like for like, easy to order and received quickly, the product itself was easy to install
Published on: 20th October 2019
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Reviewed by: DS
Bought these to replace our smoke alarms that were expired. A driect replacement so really easy to fit.
Published on: 16th October 2019
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Reviewed by: NC
Not yet fitted them but price delivery etc was very good
Published on: 6th October 2019
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Reviewed by: HS
Fitted as described and worked when tested
Labelled "Date of manufacture Nov 2017
Date of replacement Nov 2027"
Therefore I've lost 20% of their life.
Published on: 30th July 2019
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Reviewed by: TS
GREAT VALUE, CAME WHEN THEY SAID
Published on: 14th June 2019
Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Reviewed by: CB
The replacement alarms were easy to fit. Simple easy to follow instructions.