Do I need a fire alarm?

Do I need a fire alarm?

Written on 09/17/2018

Current UK fire alarm regulations state that all business premises must have ‘an appropriate fire detection system’ so that if a fire breaks out it can be detected and occupants are warned and can leave the building.

If you are in any doubt that you may need a fire alarm installing or you need help to make sure you get the right fire alarm system to meet UK fire alarm regulations, then give us a call and we can complete a free quote/assessment and this will state whether you should or shouldn’t install automatic fire detection and which alarm suits your needs.

What type of fire alarm do I need?

There are 3 main types of fire alarm system: conventional, addressable, and wireless, you can choose from all of these types of alarms to suit your premises.

Conventional Fire Alarm

–    divides your premises into broad zones

–    in the event of an alert, the fire alarm panel identifies the zone, but not the precise area

–    most suitable for smaller or lower risk environments

Addressable Fire Alarm

–    each individual device has its own unique electronic address

–    if one activates, the fire alarm panel tells you precisely where the problem is

–    most suitable for larger or higher risk environments – e.g schools, care homes, hospitals

Wireless Fire Alarm

–    uses a secure wireless link between the sensors and the fire alarm panel

–    typically works like an addressable system, just without the wires

–    most suitable for premises which don’t want lots of cable – e.g. churches, historic buildings

You should also make sure the design is to BS 5839 specifications (the relevant British Standard), otherwise you may not be covered for regulatory or insurance purposes.