Fire Alarms save lives. This is a fact!
If you own business premises, or are responsible for a property, fire alarms are one of the best ways to keep people safe, and are a vital part of your prevention and detection strategy. This includes almost all buildings, places and structures other than individual private homes. In fact, property owners are required by law to make sure premises reach required standards of fire safety.
Current UK fire alarm regulations state that all business premises must have ‘an appropriate fire detection system’. That means that if there's a fire, there needs to be a way for that fire to be easily detected and for occupants to be warned easily.
Here are 5 top tips to consider when thinking about installing and maintaining a fire system in your business premises:
- Make sure you have the right fire alarm system in place. It sounds obvious, but you need to ensure it is the best fit for your premises and the occupants. Not all areas will require the same level of protection.
- Make sure you use a “competent person” to design, install and manage your fire alarm system.
- Keep maintenance a top priority. It’s extremely important that the system is maintained thoroughly to keep everything in proper working order.
- Make sure your Fire Risk Assessment is current and fit for purpose, and you have an Emergency Plan in place.
- Regularly review and refresh the alarm system, procedures and staff training as necessary.
Fire Alarm legislation doesn’t specify which type of fire alarm system should be used where; it depends on individual circumstances. The best way to find out is to consult an accredited fire safety specialist or fire alarm maintenance and installer. It must, of course meet the British Standards.
There are 3 main types of automatic fire alarm system:
- Conventional – mostly for smaller or lower risk environments.
- Addressable - for larger or higher risk environments, such as schools and hospitals.
- Wireless – works in a similar way to the addressable fire alarm, but usually for premises where lots of cabling isn’t appropriate such as historic buildings.
There is also a complex system of grades and categories that define how your fire alarm should be constructed, and which areas it should cover. The best way for you to know what’s right for your property is to get advice from an accredited expert like Stator Electrical.