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  1. Hi, indoors you should not use powder extinguishers at all due to risk of inhalation and obfuscation. However, don't go for 9ltr foam, as the weight is too high for elderly people handling the extinguisher. I would go for 6ltr water mist (with de-ionised water to ensure that the extinguisher can be used on electrical equipment). Not entirely sure what you mean with a counter room? Harry
  2. Hi, especially with having open flames it would be highly advisable to have extinguishers handy. Your insurance and any court would regard it as ill advised to have no extinguishers at all when you are using open flame! If you are concerned about staff capability you can book short extinguisher training courses. Harry
  3. Hi Alice, there are numerous ways for the different smoke alarm systems to be connected to an external building, eg garage. As long as the distance to the garage is less than let's say 20-30m the easiest option is to replace one of your internal mains powered smoke alarms with the radio interlinked version of that product family and fit another rf model (of the same product family) in the garage. Can you please send a photo or description of your current alarms and I will recommend the extension model you need. Harry
  4. Hi, I would totally dismiss powder in this situation. The reduction in visibility and the risk of inhalation when used indoors is just too big. I would recommend water mist extinguishers (with de-ionised water), which can be used on these risk, including the electrical risks (de-ionised water does not conduct electricity). Harry
  5. Hi Beth The red light flashing every second, even when the alarm is silenced, indicates that it thinks there is smoke present at all times. As you say they have been vacuumed so it shouldn’t be a dust problem. That leaves two possibilities: 1. The alarm was installed in or too close to the wrong type of room, like a kitchen or garage, and the sensor has been contaminated by fumes and residues that a vacuum cleaner won’t remove. 2. The alarm is simply faulty and will need replacing under warranty. Harry
  6. Hi Max You are right, the 285 panic bar for double doors is the correct solution for rebated double doors. After a bit more digging I also found out that there is actually an accessory to achieve the hold-back/dogging functionality. The Exidor 299 allows the retrofitting of a holdback. Please see below. If you are interested, I we can get you a quote. Please direct message me. Harry
  7. Hi Max, could you please upload a photo? I can't quite understand your concern regards rebated door. Obviously you will have one leading leaf. The hold-back feature is integral to the push bar system. Harry
  8. Hi Max Yes, there is such a solution. The Exidor 284 panic bar for double doors - has a hold back (aka dogging feature) which allows the bolts to be set in the withdrawn position allowing access without key from inside and outside. - can be used with a key operated outside access device Exidor 302 - will, of course, always open fromthe inside even when locked Any questions, please let me know Harry
  9. Hi Dave If there is no Green LED it looks as if its failed on Mains Power. It could be a loose connection or its tripped at the fuse. The RED LED does flash every 40 seconds as a self-test. Harry
  10. Hi Abi, you might want to consider free-swing door closers. These allow fire doors to be opened just like normal doors (no resistance) and will stay open in any position. They will, of course, close should a fire occur. The free-swing door closers are either wired to a fire alarm panel or listen out for the sound of a fire alarm. Harry
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    Smoke alarms

    Hi Steve, what alarm did you use to replace the Ei151TL? Harry
  12. Hi if they have not been refilled in that time the short answer is no. Harry
  13. Hi Jon The seals you bought are not suitable for the bottom of fire doors, as they are only designed for the sides and top of the fire door. You need to install either surface-mounted or rebated fire door drop-down seals. Harry
  14. Hi Amanda I would need the brand and model number of your alarm, please (or a photo). It is unusual that mains powered alarms should beep once they have been removed from the base. Are you sure that it is not a different alarm in the room causing the alarm, eg a carbon monoxide alarm? Of course you did mention that the alarm set off others at some point, which speaks against a battery powerd carbon monoxide alarm. If there was a lot of renovating going on it could be that the smoke detectors have dust contamination. To address this potential issue, vacuum around the openings of the alarm with a soft brush attachment. Harry
  15. Hi Mark Step one ought to be a clean with a vacuum and putting in new batteries, although on 20ft ladder this is, of course, quite dangerous. I personally would replace the alarm straight away with a longlife re-charging battery version, probably also change from ionisation to an optical detection, as this detection technology is less prone to false alarming. A suitable replacement alarm with ten year, re-charging batteries, optical sensor and which fits on the same base without the ned for an electrician is the easichange Ei166EK Harry
  16. I would expect the alarms will still work but might not communicate with each other any longer. I am glad I was able to resolve this. Here a link to the replacement bases for Ei168. Harry
  17. Hi, the bases do not need replacing (unless damaged, of course) and should not have a replacement date on them. I wonder whether you have a Ei168RF wireless interconnection base under the head. This would need indeed replacing after ten year. Harry
  18. While the British Standards recommends annual servicing for all extinguishers, this is not legally binding. You must, however, have a way of maintaining your extinguishers in an operational state. You could, for example, replace your extinguisher every year or, in the case of small extinguishers, you could have regular visual and other self-inspection (is the pressure gauge showing green, can you hear the powder flowing freely inside, is the tamper tag still present, is there any damage visible) and just replace every 5 years. Or you can go for a small service-free extinguisher that only requires visual inspection and replacement after ten years. Harry
  19. As a first step try to clean out the alarm by using a vacuum attachment around the openings of the alarm. If this does not help you will need to replace the unit. If it is less than ten years old you can claim on the warranty. If it is older you can get an Easichange Ei141 replacement head that can be fitted without electrician. Harry
  20. Hi, if the alarm has been removed (see instructions) and you still hear a beeping in the room, it comes from a different source (eg a carbon monoxide alarm with low battery in a drawer). Harry
  21. Hi Susie In line with BSI standard BS EN 50291-1:2018 a CO detector must not alarm at low CO levels for a specific period of time. So, for example at a relatively low CO concentration of 30 to 50ppm the alarm must not go off for 120 minutes and in actual fact it does not have to go off at all! At just over 50ppm it is not allowed to sound alarm for 60 minutes but will have to sound alarm within 90 minutes. Odd, I know! If you have low level carbon monoxide presence in your building (let's say 40ppm), your CO detector will take at least two hours before alarming! So when you disable the alarm this clock starts ticking again and you will not hear the alarm sounding for quite a while. It is therefore not a great idea to disable a CO alarm. The CO alarm probably did what it is supposed to do and warned you about CO presence. If you would like to see the actual CO concentrations, especially at low level exposure, I would recommend getting a digital CO alarm. The Fireangel CO9D has both a display for readings over 10ppm as well as peak reading display, so you can see what the highest reading was in the last few days. Harry
  22. Hi, yes, this Kidde CO alarm has a six year warranty. However, you need to make sure that the power supply to the CO alarm is actually working, otherwise the alarm will indeed drain and start beeping. Harry
  23. Hi TO SET THE PERSONAL CODE 1. Press the # button. 2. Press the green code change button located on the back of the safe door 3. Enter your personal 3 to 6 digit code and press # button to set. 4. The lock will emit a tone and the LCD will display IN. to confirm the new code. 5. To change the code follow the same procedure with the door and lock in the open position. This lock can be programmed with an 8 digit master code; which cannot be removed, but can be edited. Consider carefully if you require this function before entering a second code. TO SET THE MASTER CODE 1. Press the # button 2. Enter 0,0 3. Press the green code change button. 4. Enter the selected 8 digit master code. 5. The lock will emit a tone and the LCD will display IN. to confirm the master code. test before you close the door Harry
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