What should I do if I am usure that my fire alarm design is correct?
UK fire alarm legislation doesn’t specify exactly which each type of fire alarm system should be used in which types of premises. It comes down to what is ‘appropriate’ for your business and premises to keep you compliant. This is where your Fire Risk Assessment can assist in ensuring the correct type of system is installed.
BS 5839 sets out recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems for non-domestic properties.
There are 3 main types of fire alarm system: conventional, addressable, and wireless:
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 precise location of the problem
- most suitable for larger and higher risk environments.
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, retail, and hotels.
To make sure you get the right fire alarm system to meet UK fire alarm regulations, it is recommended that you use a reputable fire safety company to design it.
SS Systems provides nationwide services in the installation and maintenance of bespoke fire and security systems, as well as Fire Risk Assessments.
Our team aim to deliver expert customer care, from site survey to completion through to ongoing maintenance.
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