Fire can have a devastating impact on your organisation. We are here to help guide you through the practicalities and legislation to keep you safe and secure.
A Fire alarm system is the most important alarm for any large building or commercial premises and ensuring you have a modern system for a fast and reliable response is essential for the safety of your staff, residents and property.
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Our Guide to Fire Alarm Systems
Fire alarm systems – in general it is appropriate to install some sort of fire detection and fire alarm system in virtually all non-domestic buildings. British Standard 5839 Part 1:2013 details the code of practice for the design, installation and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises. In this article we will talk you through the main types of fire detection/fire alarm systems as contained in the British Standard documentation.
The need to install a fire alarm system is to enable a fire to be quickly detected by occupants and as a mechanism to let all occupants know that there is a fire.
The British Standard states that “manual fire detection and fire alarm systems are often sufficient to satisfy legislation in which no one sleeps”. A manual fire detection/alarm system would include call points (the “break glass in case of fire” boxes) and sounders.
An automatic detection system would include things such as smoke detectors and CO2 detectors. The standard then goes on to discuss particular situations where automatic fire detection would be necessary, including:
1. Buildings where people sleep.
2. Buildings with low occupancy levels, where the potential for a fire to break out and go undetected for long enough may prejudice the means of escape for those occupants.
3. Situations where fire protection systems, such as automatic door closing facilities or smoke control systems are to be operated in the event of fire.
4. Buildings where occupants cannot be readily evacuated, such as a hospital or care home. Where accurate knowledge of the location of the fire is critical to life safety, it is sometimes necessary to use only an addressable system (an automatic fire alarm system which identifies the location of the fire).
5. Situations where the insurance company deem an automatic fire detection system to be necessary in order to limit property damage caused by a fire.
In addition to the choice between manual and automatic systems, there are various categories of system as defined by the British Standard.