September 30, 2020

Lets talk about fire alarms
Lets talk about fire alarms

Fire alarm regulations can be confusing if you’re not a fire safety professional; don’t get lost in the fire legislation guides. Instead read this simple guide on what you need to know about fire alarms.

Everyone’s first question about fire alarms is how do I know if I need one? Current UK fire alarm regulations state that all business premises must have ‘an appropriate fire detection system’. Basically explaining that the outbreak of a fire must be detected to ensure occupants can be warned and alerted to leave the building immediately.

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in; we recommend that any business with 5 or more employees needs a fire alarm system and a risk assessment recorded. The size of your premises and what is kept on the premises will also determine not only whether you need a fire alarm system, but also what type you might need.

The next question we usually get is what type of fire alarm do I need?We would always recommend a wired alarm system but, with all our products we would need to survey your premises to give accurate advice. As a summary, here are the types of fire detectors we install: Addressable fire alarm (ideal for large premises), conventional fire alarm (suitable for most small businesses) and twin wire fire (like a conventional system). We have a full page of our fire alarm systems here if you need more in-depth information.

Any business with 5 or more employees needs a fire alarm system and a risk assessment recorded. 

If you take anything away from this article, remember that it is your obligation to look after your employees and building by installing a fire alarm system. If the installation and maintenance of fire alarms or risk assessments still confuses you, call us. We have been in this business for 30 years installing, maintaining, and repairing all types of fire alarm systems.

If you want a detailed evaluation of what your building might need, book a survey with us. For a detailed list of our Fire Alarm FAQs click here.

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