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an electrician i know (who likes to talk alot) seems to think that it's a must to fit mains smoke alarms when the board is changed. I don't think this is true...?
 

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thanks for clearing that up, my thoughts exactly.

next question, i'm rewiring a new extension and kitchen is being modified (has been knocked through into old diner) do i need to install A)a smoke detector in the extension, and B) a heat detector in the kitchen, C) both on a dedicated circuit and interlinked?
 
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thanks for clearing that up, my thoughts exactly.

next question, i'm rewiring a new extension and kitchen is being modified (has been knocked through into old diner) do i need to install A)a smoke detector in the extension, and B) a heat detector in the kitchen, C) both on a dedicated circuit and interlinked?
Check with building control as they are the ones who will hold back the completion cert.

I recently installed 2 smokes - 1 in the hall and 1 on the landing at the direction of LABC. The extension was at the rear and they didn't ask for a heat alarm despite it being a kitchen/dining/conservatory!
 
Murdoch is right, Building Control will specify what is required. Usually it's stated on the plans that get submitted.
Always work to the plans!
 
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Building Control will most likely want mains interlinked smoke alarms installed. As Murdoch said check with them, or the builder he should have a spec for the work on the extension and where the alarms are to go.
 

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Also get the talkative electrician on this forum... if hes that confident in his knowledge it would be interesting to see him shot down and silenced a bit on here ;)
 

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thanks for clearing that up, my thoughts exactly.

next question, i'm rewiring a new extension and kitchen is being modified (has been knocked through into old diner) do i need to install A)a smoke detector in the extension, and B) a heat detector in the kitchen, C) both on a dedicated circuit and interlinked?
As Murdoch says, check the drawings/BC.

I don't recall anything in Part B about mandating heat alarms (I know they are advised) and smokes are only required usually in the communal escape areas (hall and landing normally). If they are required by plans/BC then they must be interlinked with any existing ones though.
 

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well a house i finished recently, yes myself , i added a heat alarm in living room as the architet specified a smoke but if you read the small print footnotes, they will say follow bs5266 at current time
 

ExArmy

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will check with BC in the morning. the builder has showm me some plans, it says smoke alarms must be fitted in accordance with regulation x or words to that effect but theres nothing on the drawings showing what they want.
also why does it say they have to be on their own circuit?? i was always taught to put on the lighting circuit so the tennants couldn't switch them off! makes sense to have them on the lighting circuit if you ask me, then if they are off you know they are off cos it's dark...
infact can someone explain why mains interlinked smoke alarms are better than battery smoke alarms?
 
Better to speak directly to LBC. Often the architect will spec what they like rather than what BC actually require.

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Own circuit or regularly used lighting circuit both fine mate.
 
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