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.