Fire Alarm Systems for Businesses

Protecting your business premises and your employees from the risk of fire is of paramount importance. Not only that, but it’s the law as well! Ensuring your premises is fitted with the right commercial fire alarm systems and adequate fire detection is one step towards mitigating the risk of fire.

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It’s vital that you have your commercial fire alarm systems installed by a BAFE accredited company to ensure you are both, safeguarding yourself against fire safety legislation breaches & legally covered should anything go wrong with your system. BusinessWatch is a BAFE Accredited company.

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Fire Alarm Maintenance

In order to keep in line with UK fire alarm regulations, it is paramount your fire alarm system is maintained by a professional. A comprehensive fire alarm maintenance contract with an accredited company will ensure your alarm system is legal and your staff and business are protected.

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Fire Alarm Monitoring

By adding monitoring to your commercial fire alarm systems, you can have peace of mind that someone is looking out for your property in the event of a fire 24 hours a day. Our fire alarm monitoring service ensures that if your alarm is activated you are notified immediately and the relevant emergency services are called.

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    Current UK fire alarm regulations state that all business premises must have ‘an appropriate fire detection system’. This basically means that a fire could easily be detected and people within the building could easily be warned.

    Whilst the category of fire alarm you need will be specified in your fire risk assessment, the type of fire alarm system which should be chosen is decided from what is ‘appropriate’ for your business. Your fire risk assessment will determine and state which category standard your fire alarm systems need to meet for your site.

    Fire Alarm Systems

    There are 3 main types of fire alarm system:

    Types of Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

    Fire Detection

    Our commercial fire alarm systems are made up of a wide range of fire detection devices. Below, you will find a complete list with further information about the role they play within the fire alarm system.

    Optical Smoke Detector

    Optical detectors are capable of detecting the visible smoke produced by materials which smoulder or burn slowly, i.e. soft furnishings, plastic foam etc.

    Combined Optical & Heat Detector

    With its ability to detect a wide range of fires, from smouldering to flaming types, the combined optical and heat multi-sensor detector is suitable for a range of applications.

    Ionisation Detectors

    Ionisation detectors, although rarely used today, are suitable for clean burning fires such as petrol, methylated spirits, or paint thinners as they are more sensitive to this type of fire than optical detectors.

    CO & Heat Detector

    A combined CO and heat detector provides a very early warning of slow-smouldering fires. Ideal for sleeping risks, the CO fire detector is also well suited to many applications where heat detection is insufficient but smoke detection causes false alarms.

    Smoke, Heat & CO Detector

    The multi-sensor smoke, heat and CO detector is suitable for when the environmental conditions are challenging. It uses the three sensor elements together to accurately determine the presence of fire.

    Heat Detector – Rate of Rise

    Rate of rise detectors detect abnormally high rates of rise of temperature.

    Heat Detector – Fixed Temperature

    Fixed temperature detectors detect abnormally high (static) temperatures.

    Beam Smoke Detectors

    Designed for use in buildings with high ceilings such as warehouses and atria, the beam smoke detector spreads a beam from one wall to another (up to a max of 100 metres apart) in order to detect smoke at higher levels.

    Flame Detector

    The flame detector is ideal for protecting large open areas as it’s ideal for fast response to flaming fires typically caused by flammable liquids.

    Air Sampling

    Air sampling detection works by actively drawing air from the protected area through sampling holes in a pipe network. Sampled air is then filtered before being analysed by detectors.

    Video Fire Detection

    CCTV cameras relay images to the main computer where they’re analysed. Certain patterns are actively monitored to detect either visual smoke or infrared radiation from heat.


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