Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
Sadly, every year, many people are seriously injured or die because of a fire.
Many fires can be prevented by installing safety measures, or minimised, by having effective fire detection and alarm systems in place.
Fire detection and alarm systems are an important part of your overall fire safety strategy as discovering fires early can help to protect people in a building, limit property damage and minimise interruption of your operations. Every minute saved means more time to safely evacuate a building.
The type of fire detection and alarm system you choose should be based upon the results of your fire risk assessment.
A typical fire detection and alarm system should include:
Automatic Fire Detectors (AFD), detectors suitable to the risk and placed along escape routes such as corridors and stairwells or in specific locations:
- Smoke detectors
- Heat detectors
- Flame detectors
The AFD system can also be linked to other operational fire safety systems such as door closing devices and smoke control vents.
From 1st October 2015, there is a duty for private landlords to fit a carbon monoxide alarm in a room with a solid fuel appliance such as heating boiler, open fire or wood burner.
There is also a duty under the Building Regulations when a solid fuel heating system is installed, such as a wood burning stove.
Manual call points (break-glass alarm points)
- Sited near to exits.
- At least one call point on each floor
- Audible alarm - generally with a sound level high enough to alert people in a normal office environment, however, in areas of high background noise, such as a factory, the alarm level should be higher.
- Visual alarms - may be required to alert people in areas of high background noise, where people wear ear defenders or those with impaired hearing.
A control and indicator panel
The main alarm panel, where all the systems should be linked together, will indicate the location of a possible fire. Ideally it should be positioned where fire marshalls or the fire and rescue service can coordinate an effective evacuation and deal with the cause of the alarm.
Mr Fire Safety can design, commission, install and maintain commercial and domestic fire detection and alarm systems for the size and type of your building or property and relevant to the use of your premises. These systems meet the BS 5839 standards and are all compliant under Article 13 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
So, to help you make your business safer call Mr Fire Safety on 01743 510 236