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.
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.
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.
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.
There are 3 main types of fire alarm system:
Alarms under this category are manual fire alarm systems where the alarm needs to be activated, for example by a person activating a break glass unit. These basic systems rely on a person to discover the fire and act on.
Whereas Category L systems are designed to protect life, Category P systems have the primary aim of protecting a property from fire.
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 detectors are capable of detecting the visible smoke produced by materials which smoulder or burn slowly, i.e. soft furnishings, plastic foam etc.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Rate of rise detectors detect abnormally high rates of rise of temperature.
Fixed temperature detectors detect abnormally high (static) temperatures.
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.
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 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.
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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We have two guides available completely free of charge to help ensure your business is fire safe.
Will answer all your questions on the process of installing a fire alarm system, guiding you down the right path to protecting your business and employees, and complying with fire safety legislation.
This guide will establish exactly what your responsibilities are to ensure you’re kept on the right side of the law, and that your business and your employees are kept as safe as possible from the threat of fire.Download
Depending on your business, there may be certain legal requirements that will determine which fire alarm system you will need. A Fire Risk Assessment will identify which fire alarm system is needed for your business. Alternatively, contact the BusinessWatch team on 0330 094 7404 who will be happy to assist you.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that it is a legal requirement to have a fire alarm system installed in the majority of buildings and sites.
The price of commercial fire alarm systems can vary, depending on the size of the site, the type of site and business, the amount and type of components within the system, as well as if the system will be monitored or unmonitored. Fire alarm systems, therefore, tend to be a bespoke price and vary from site to site. Talk to the BusinessWatch team for a free, no-obligation quote by calling 0330 094 7404.
Our fire alarm systems are bespoke to each customer and are tailored to the type of business and individual site, meaning components vary depending on the type and complexity of the system. However, every system will have input components such as fire detectors or manual break glass panels, a central system control panel, and output components such as sprinklers, a bell or siren.
In some cases, a commercial fire alarm system may have a legal requirement to be monitored, under current UK legislation. If you are unsure if your fire alarm system should be monitored, speak to the team on 0330 094 7404.
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