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BuildingManOJ  
#1 Posted : 11 January 2018 15:21:42(UTC)
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BuildingManOJ

Hi All,

Looking for other thoughts on this, we have had 2 activations now from a tenant kitchen area in a multi tenanted building which is caused by burnt food in mircowave and toast from toaster.

My first thoughts was to replace the smoke detectors with heat dectectors. Is there any downside to this or what would the best alternative solution be?

Thanks

Hsquared14  
#2 Posted : 11 January 2018 15:59:02(UTC)
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Hsquared14

There isn't really a downside to doing it and it should stop the false alarms.  I have no idea why people put smoke detectors in kitchen areas in the first place the BS tells you to put the right type of detector in the right place to match the risks and reduce the likelihood of false alarms and increase the likelihood of a real fire being responded to correctly.

RayRapp  
#3 Posted : 11 January 2018 16:49:30(UTC)
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RayRapp

I agree, heat detectors in the kitchen is a must if you want to prevent unwanted false fire alarms. The alternative is to remove smoke detector altogether and make sure you have one in the hallway/landing. I prefer the first option where the heat detector will not activate until it reaches 52c.

Kate  
#4 Posted : 11 January 2018 19:31:53(UTC)
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Kate

It's normal practice to have heat detectors in kitchen areas - not smoke detectors, for this very reason.

johnwatt  
#5 Posted : 12 January 2018 13:25:58(UTC)
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johnwatt

In Scotland it is already clearly laid out in building regulations to have a heat detector in kitchens. The Scottish Government make this mandatory for let properties. 

Cannot imigine this is significantly different elsewhere in the UK. 

SNS  
#6 Posted : 14 January 2018 22:57:12(UTC)
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SNS

Agree with the previous comments, but what does your FRA say??

Who designed the system and what type is it ?

Not looking at blame placing but getting the design and specification correct in the first place would prevent a lot of redesign and re-work.

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