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Smoke Alarm Placement, Installation And Siting: Your Essential Guide

Posted | 21-Feb-2018 09:29:44

In the latest FireAngel guide, smoke alarm placement, installation and siting are all covered in a clear and detailed visual format.


Whilst primarily designed with electrical contractors in mind, this free guide will be relevant to a range of people in the fire safety industry - from installers, to specifiers, landlords to the Fire and Rescue Service.

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The guide includes the following:


1. Features of the SONA by FireAngel range

Simple installation, multi-sensor technology (Thermistek technology), mains-powered alarm with 10-year sealed-for-life battery, certifications & compliance, intelligent functionalities & key considerations before installation


Further reading: SONA by FireAngel: A Step By Step Alarm Installation Guide


2. What standards to fit to

 BS 5839-6: 2013 (also known as BS 5839: 2013 part 6): system grades and categories of system, Fire Safety Building Regulations in the UK,


Further reading: BS 5839-6: 2013 & Building Regulations

Your Guide For Smoke Alarm Positioning To Meet Building Regulations


3. Types of smoke alarms

Multi-sensor alarms, Thermistek heat alarms, optical alarms, ionisation alarms


Further reading: The Different Types Of Fire Alarms And Where To Install Them


4. Siting of alarms

Alarm positioning to meet British Standards: Smoke alarm positioning, heat alarm positioning, carbon monoxide alarm positioning,

Siting smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms on: flat ceilings, flat ceilings with beams, pitched roofs & wall mounted alarms. (CO alarms are compared when there is/isn’t a fuel burning appliance)


Further reading: FireAngel installers


5. Where and how to install

Hardwire installation checklist (before you begin), deconstructed smoke and heat alarms, video tutorials for fire alarm installation, installation diagrams & alarm testing.


6. Interlinking alarms

Hardwired interlinking, wireless interlinking via Wi Safe 2, mixed system interlinking (a hybrid of hard wired and Wi Safe 2)


Further reading: Interlink Fire Alarms – What’s The Connection? and Wi-Safe Wireless Interlink


7. Assisted living products

About & installation: Low frequency sounder, strobe and vibrating pad, stove guard,


Further reading: Fire Safety Measures for Adults at Risk

Fire Safety for vulnerable tenants


8. Maintenance and troubleshooting

Advice to give to residents: testing smoke alarms, cleaning smoke alarms, checking the age of smoke alarms & replacement, and what to do when a fire alarm sounds erroneously. 


Relevant: Kitchen Safety Guidelines For Tenants


9. Extra resources

Relevant blogs: Exciting new fire safety technology to prevent fires



There are 4 main categories of detectors in the home: (1) smoke alarms (2) heat alarms (3) carbon monoxide alarms (4) multi-sensor alarms (those that monitor for 2 different indicators of fire).

Alarms can be powered by battery, mains-power, or have mains supply with a battery backup. Fire alarm installation changes according to the type of property, type and contents of room, and the occupants at hand, This installation guide covers all you need to know about fitting CO and fire alarms to maximise tenant safety, and comply with fire safety legislation.

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Topics: Information For Installers & Specifiers

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