Fire Panel – Compatible Smoke Alarms?

Fire Panel – Compatible Smoke Alarms?

13:20 PM, 15th May 2019, About 3 years ago 4

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I have a Kentec Grade A LD2 Fire Panel installed and looking to get the smoke alarms and heat detector now.

The electrician feels that a specific brand of smoke alarms are needed so they are compatible with the Kentec Fire Panel (model KA11040M2)

Can someone who has the same fire panel point me in the right direction as to what smoke detectors to get and where I can get them from so the system will work?

Many Thanks




Laura Delow

7:55 AM, 16th May 2019, About 3 years ago

To get an opinion you can rely on, if it were me I would look at Safelincs Safety Products as recommended by the UK Fire Service - see link
Link to Safelincs is
0800 612 6537 Lines open today 8am - 10pm 7 days a week


9:57 AM, 18th May 2019, About 3 years ago

I have the same panel in my HMO's. It's perfect for HMO's.
I recommend Apollo Alarm Sense detectors.
However, I am concerned why you are asking these questions. I am a qualified Electrician and Fire Alarm engineer. I would never expect the client to be involved in this decision.
Please ensure your electrician has the required Fire alarm qualifications to do this work. He will not mind showing you his qualifications if he has them. Make sure you are given the risk assessment which must be completed before the system is designed, then ask for the design drawing before work progresses. This is a requirement of BS5839.
Remember, this is required to save lives, you can't just throw it in.

John Dunt

10:00 AM, 18th May 2019, About 3 years ago

Firstly, Grade A LD2 is not a panel type, it is a level of protection specified in BS5839 Part 1.
The Kentec panel you refer too is a conventional panel as opposed to an analogue panel.
There are many detector manufacture’s products compatible with this panel.
A reliable brand easily obtainable from trade outlets is the Apollo series 65 range.
Each area that requires a detector must be assessed for the correct model/required function. Failure to do so may lead to false alarms and the standards not being met.
You should employ a fire alarm specialist to ensure the design is done correctly. Your posting indicates that your electrician may be able to install, but can he install correctly to the standards required? But, is not competent to design or even know where to go to purchase said items.
Get it wrong and you will most likely invalidate your insurances. Let alone being approved by building control / environmental health of the local authority!


10:33 AM, 18th May 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by John Dunt at 18/05/2019 - 10:00
I agree with all John's comments, but to be clear, that model is AlarmSense. I don't think Apollo series 65 will work with that panel model. You can get a Kentec conventional panel, of which AlarmSense comes under that banner, but AlarmSense is different.

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