Domestic Smoke Alarms Selector: what Alarms to Fit and Where

Domestic Smoke Alarm Selector: what Alarms to Fit and WhereAico has an excellent Product Selector Guide, which comes only in a printed form and can be ordered online on their website. One of the many useful things they have in this book is the Alarm Selector section – helping us to know and choose what alarms should we site/can we site in the different rooms of the different houses/living accommodations. Here are some of these recommendations: smoke alarms in Bungalows, smoke alarms in house 2-3 storey, smoke alarms in house 4+ storey, smoke alarms in HMO 1-2 storey, and smoke alarms in HMO 3+ storey(in communal areas or in individual units) + what is an HMO.

Smoke Alarms in Bungalows – The Alarms to Fit in the Bungalows

  • Rooms in which smoke alarms must be fitted:
    – in the hallway: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the living room: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the kitchen: heat alarms.
  • Alarms to Fit dependant upon risk assessment:
    – in the bedrooms: multi-sensor alarms or ionisation alarms;
    – in the garage: heat alarms;
  • Alarm Types: Grade D, Category LD2
  • Alarm series you can use in bungalows:
    – the Aico Ei2110 series (multi-sensor Aico Alarms);
    – the Aico Ei160RC series (optical and ionisation alarms);
    – the Aico Ei140 series (smoke and heat alarms).

Smoke Alarms in Houses 2-3 storey – The Alarms to Fit in a 2-3 storey house

  • Rooms in which smoke alarms must be fitted:
    – in the hallway: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the landing area: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the living room: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the kitchen: heat alarms.
  • Alarms to Fit dependantupon risk assessment:
    – in the bedrooms: multi-sensor alarms or ionisation alarms;
    – in the garage: heat alarms;
  • Alarm Types: Grade D, Category LD2
  • Alarm series you can use in a house with 2-3 storey:
    – the Aico Ei2100 series (multi-sensor Aico Alarms);
    – the Aico Ei160RC series (optical and ionisation alarms);
    – the Aico Ei140 series (smoke and heat alarms).

Smoke Alarms in Houses 4+ storey – The Alarms to Fit in 4+ storey houses

  • Rooms in which smoke alarms must be fitted:
    – in the hallway: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the landing area: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the living room: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the kitchen: heat alarms.
  • Alarms to Fit dependant upon risk assessment:
    – in the bedrooms: multi-sensor alarms or ionisation alarms;
    – in the garage: heat alarms;
  • Alarm Types: Grade B, Category LD2

Smoke Alarms in HMO 1-2 Storey – The Alarms to Fit in the 1-2 Storey HMOs

  • Rooms in which smoke alarms must be fitted:
    – in the hallway: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the landing area: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the living room: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the kitchen: heat alarms.
  • Alarms to Fit dependant upon risk assessment:
    – in the bedrooms: multi-sensor alarms or ionisation alarms;
  • Alarm Types: Grade D, Category LD2
  • Alarms Series you can use in the HMO 1-2 Storey:
    – the Aico Ei2100 series (multi-sensor Aico Alarms);
    – the Aico Ei160RC series (optical and ionisation alarms);
    – the Aico Ei140 series (smoke and heat alarms).

Smoke Alarms in HMO 3+ storey – The Alarms to Fit in the communal areas

  • Rooms in which smoke alarms must be fitted:
    – in the hallway: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the landing area: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the living room: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the kitchen: heat alarms.
  • Alarm Types: Grade A, Category LD2

Smoke Alarms in HMO 3+ Storey – The Alarms to Fit in the individual units

  • Rooms in which smoke alarms must be fitted:
    – in the hallway: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the landing area: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the living room: multi-sensor alarms or optical alarms;
    – in the kitchen: heat alarms.
  • Alarms to Fit dependant upon risk assessment:
    – in the bedrooms: multi-sensor alarms or ionisation alarms;
  • Alarm Types: Grade D, Category LD2
  • Alarms Series you can use in the HMO 3+ Storey individual units:
    – the Aico Ei2100 series (multi-sensor Aico Alarms);
    – the Aico Ei160RC series (optical and ionisation alarms);
    – the Aico Ei140 series (smoke and heat alarms).

Please note: this information is provided as a guide based on BS 5839-6:2004 recommendations for standard dwellings with no floor greater than 200 square m in area. ther standards and regulations exist that they may be applicable to the installation.
A Fire Risk Assessment may demand a higher Grade/Category of system than that shown. Please refer to BS 5839-6:2004 for full information.

What is an HMO? What is a House in Multiple Occupation?

Under the changes in the Housing Act 2004, if a landlord lets a property which is one of the following types it is a House in Multiple Occupation:

  • an entire house or flat which is let to three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet (for a definition of household please see the frequently asked questions);
  • a house which has been converted entirely into bedsits or other non-self-contained accommodation and which is let to three or more tenants who form two or more households and who share kitchen, bathroom or toilet facilities;
  • a converted house which contains one or more flats which are not wholly self contained  (ie the flat does not contain within it a kitchen, bathroom and toilet) and which is occupied by three or more tenants who form two or more households;
  • a building which is converted entirely into self-contained flats if the conversion did not meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations and more than one-third of the flats are let on short-term tenancies;
  • in order to be an HMO the property must be used as the tenants’ only or main residence and it should be used solely or mainly to house tenants. Properties let to students and migrant workers will be treated as their only or main residence and the same will apply to properties which are used as domestic refuges;

For Smoke alarms and Heat Alarms – for domestic use – check out the Fire & Security section.

2 comments

  1. can this radiolink system be used in a shop or commercial premises as i think this system would be excilent in a shop of which doesnot have a proper system.

    1. Yes, the RadioLINK system can be used in shops and commercial premises, since the bases communicate wirelessly when interconnected. As to the distance and a planning of the area, you can either contact us or Aico themselves for more details

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.