Welsh Council Future Proofs Housing with AICO CO Alarms
- Published: Monday, 12 May 2014 08:36
Denbighshire County Council in North Wales is fitting Aico Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms in to all of its properties containing gas and solid fuel appliances in anticipation of changing safety and building regulations.
Denbighshire County Council has been fitting Aico smoke alarms for over five years, but has recently made the decision to also fit CO alarms within its 3500 strong housing stock. The Council turned to Aico as they have enjoyed a good relationship and is happy with the products and support supplied by the company.
Glyn Forsdick, Senior Officer – Asset Management at Denbighshire County Council, explains their decision to install CO alarms, despite it not being a current prerequisite: “legislation in regards to the installation of CO alarms will change in the future and we expect their use to be a requirement. We aim to pre-empt this; by fitting CO alarms now we hope to future proof our housing.”
Aico mains powered Ei261ENRC CO alarms are being fitted throughout the Council’s properties during ongoing rewiring programmes. As there are a number of properties to cover, and some have only recently been re-wired, the Council has also made the decision to fit Aico Ei208 battery powered CO alarms during its solid fuel servicing programme. Up to three alarms per property are being installed, depending on the number and location of the gas and solid fuel appliances within each dwelling.
The Ei261ENRC is a mains powered CO alarm with rechargeable Lithium Cell back-up for added safety and a cost-saving replaceable CO sensor design. It features the latest generation electrochemical type CO sensor which is pre-calibrated and tested in CO gas to ensure accuracy. The alarm comes with both high and low level LED indicators, with a pre-alarm LED indication for early detection of CO. Other features of note include a Test/Silence button, Easi-fit design for quick and simple installation, Quick CO Gas Test facility and a Memory Feature which enables the user to tell if CO has been detected during a period of absence.
Aico’s Ei208 CO alarm is a quality, cost-effective unit designed with sealed in Lithium batteries, which helps overcome the problem of battery removal by the resident. It features the same proven CO sensor as the Ei261ENRC and a range of useful features, including a pre alarm indicator and a memory feature. Its simple twist on mounting base offers numerous fixing options for ceiling or wall mounting, making it ideal for the Council’s gas fitters and chimney sweepers to install as part of the solid fuel servicing programme.