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Sheffield Council upgrades fire alarm protection across housing stock with Aico

Sheffield City Council has taken a decision to upgrade the fire alarm systems across its entire housing stock as part of a major electrical upgrade programme to keep customers safe.

Phase 1 of this work will see over 20,000 properties upgraded from category LD3 to the higher level of protection, LD2, using Aico 3000 Series Alarms.

Domestic Fire Alarm installation is guided by BS 5839-6, which clearly identifies both grades of alarm system to use and categories of protection. Grade D is the most common and requires one or more interlinked mains powered alarms, each with an integral stand-by supply. LD3 category, which is a low level of protection, was the minimum requirement, but Sheffield City Council decided to move to the next level up, LD2, in anticipation of changes to the British Standard, which were released at the end of April.

Jill Hurst, Head of Housing Investment and Repairs says “we take safety seriously. Trying to anticipate the forthcoming Part 6 [BS 5839-6:2013] revision, we decided to install a more comprehensive Category LD2 system instead of the minimum requirement. Our aim is to help customers keep safe, to better manage our housing stock and protect this vital and scarce resource. Early detection of a fire can, in many cases, mean that fire spread is prevented and property damage is limited – this could also apply to adjoining property damage. Scottish and Northern Ireland standards now have LD2 as mandatory, including owner occupied properties. Installation during our electrical upgrade programme was an excellent chance to undertake this work in advance of England catching up.”

A long standing Aico customer and early adopter of its latest technology, Sheffield City Council, through its principal contractors, is installing powered 3000 Series for this upgrade, using the Ei3024 and Ei3028 Multi-Sensors. The Ei3024 features Optical and Heat Sensors which constantly monitor and analyse smoke and heat levels providing the best response to all fire types and reduced false alarms. Designed specifically for use in kitchens, the Ei3028 is Aico’s first Heat & Carbon Monoxide Alarm providing protection from both Fire and Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

In line with LD2, the Council is fitting mains powered Smoke Alarms in every circulation space on each storey (i.e. hallways and landings), in the principal habitable rooms and in every access room serving an inner room, plus a Heat Alarm in the kitchen. All 3000 Series Alarms within a property are being hardwired together or, where this is not practical, wirelessly interconnected using Aico SmartLINK RF technology.

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