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  1. 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
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    Fire extinguisher life length?

    Hi if they have not been refilled in that time the short answer is no. Harry
  4. 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
  5. 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
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    Ei141 beeping sporadically

    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
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    Replacing heads on Ei141 (dates)

    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
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    Replacing heads on Ei141 (dates)

    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
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    Servicing of small extinguishers

    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
  10. No green light means that there is no power supply. Have you flicked the fuse back on after changing the battery? Harry
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    Ei141 short burst

    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
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    Ei144 wont stop beeping!

    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
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    Co alarm going off

    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
  14. 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
  15. 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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    CO alarms in bedrooms

    Hi, that seems like a reasonable compromise to me, although I would ideally like to see it closer to the flue and further away from the door. Harry
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    CO alarms in bedrooms

    Hi, with carbon monoxide at room temperature having approximately the same density as air, CO spreads fairly evenly across the room. Just avoid areas with draft (windows and doors). Personally, I would place it half way up on the wall with the flue behind. Harry
  18. It is certainly worth to get a second reading from a different CO alarm. The Fireangel CO9D will give you an actual reading and will record peak levels, so if there is an intermittent leak this will identify this. Harry
  19. If the fire door does not close due to the resistance of the latch/air pressure you need a fire door closer with "latching action". The Geze TS4000 for example has the latching action as well as plenty of power to close even heavier doors reliably. However, there are many other makes and models as well. Harry
  20. Hi Graham Yes, fresh screed seems to have an impact on CO alarms. This is something I only picked up quite recently. Harry
  21. Hi Jennie The Ei141 smoke alarms are interconnected, which explains why this error signal will have triggered both alarms. Once the alarms are older than ten years, the alarms become a bit fragile and prone to go off. I am glad you found the replacement units and that the problem is now resolved for you. Harry
  22. Hi, I am puzzled, as the combined smoke and CO detector from Kidde is free-standing and not connected! Which would make me think that you have a carbon monoxide problem at your house. Is the link showing teh correct alarm? Harry
  23. Hi Emma, Safelincs itself offers fire doors made to measure for existing apertures. You can also select panelled fire door leaves to match existing older doors. Harry
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    beeping smoke alarm

    Hi John Please make sure there is no other alarm in the vicinity. It would be unusual for the alarm to beep every 5 minutes. It is only beeping every 40 seconds when eg the battery is low, so there is probably a different alarm with low battery nearby. Maybe a carbon monoxide alarm. Harry