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Fire Alarm Systems

Analogue Addressable – Radio / Wireless – Conventional

The early detection of a fire or smoke will allow the occupants of a building to evacuate safely.

Many businesses in the UK are required by law to install a fire alarm system within their premises. Fire Alarm Systems can be broken down into different categories or types, Analogue addressable, radio or wireless, and conventional although they essentially operate on the same principle. If a detector detects smoke or heat or someone operates a break glass unit (manual break point), then alarm sounders operate to warn others in the building that there may be a fire and to evacuate.

Fire Suppression

Analogue Addressable – Radio / Wireless – Conventional

Fire Suppression Systems are a means of suppressing a fire; these systems are normally used in areas that require automatic fire protection and in considered hazardous areas that have critical uses such as data centres and computer rooms. Fire suppression systems work in two ways: Oxygen reduction: These are inert gas systems (natural occurring gases) usually comprising of nitrogen, Argon and Co2 and / or a combination of gases. Synthetic/Chemical agents: This is a blend of manufactured gases and work by absorbing heat not Oxygen.

HSSD Aspirating

Laser – Optical

HSSD Aspirating Detection Systems provide the earliest possible warning of smoke with the average detection time being in excess of 30 times quicker than that of a conventional smoke detector. These systems are extremely effective highly sensitive areas such as IT Data Centre and Laboratories. They can also be used in less sensitive high level areas such as Warehouses and Aircraft Hangers.

Emergency Lighting

Exit Lighting – Escape Lighting – Escape Signage

Emergency Lighting provides a safe escape route from a building In the event of an emergency or power failure. In order for buildings to be evacuated safely and quickly all escape routes and emergency exits must be illuminated with low voltage emergency lights to achieve this. The low voltage supply can be either provided by integral rechargeable batteries or from a central battery unit.

Disabled Refuge

Disabled Refuge Alarms – WC Toilet Alarms

Disabled refuge systems are now a requirement in many types of building. A Disabled Refuge System is an effective two-way communication to these areas with a Master Controller normally sited at the Fire Control Point. The Disabled Refuge is firstly to assist rescue teams in determining where assistance is required and secondly to reassure people help is on the way.

WC Toilet Alarms should be fitted to all new disabled toilets. Disabled toilet alarm systems can be used by anyone that needs assistance or attention due to panic or accident. Activation of the system is via a pull cord or push button located within the W/C which is easily reachable in a emergency situation. On activation of the alarm a signal is sent out to trigger a monitored central station where help can be raised.

Voice Alarm & Public Access

Voice Evacuation – Public Address

Voice alarm systems (VA) systems are the quickest way to evacuate the public & staff from a building. Following fire detection, automated messages are intended to evacuate people from a building allowing an orderly evacuation without panic. These messages are supplemented by spoken messages from the fire service or management suite confirming the validity and need to leave the building. These systems can also be used as Public address (PA) systems.

Gas Detection

Co2 – Refrigrant Detection

Gas leak detection systems can identify potentially hazardous gas leaks by the use of specifically programmed sensors that can detect dangerous gases such Co2 or refrigerant etc. Systems or individual sensors have an audible alarm to alert people when a gas leak has been detected.

Water Detection

Linear – Point Detection

Water Leak Detection Systems protect areas where water leakage could seriously damage electrical, communication and computer networks by continuously monitoring for water leaks.

Mechanical Fire Services

Extinguishers – Sprinkler Systems – Hose Reels – Dry & Wet Risers

Fire extinguishers can help prevent small incidents from turning into something more serious. It is Important that building occupants are properly trained in their use so that the correct type is used. Extinguishers should appropriately located and clearly signed.

Sprinkler systems provide an effective fire fighting facility when installed within building. Water for the system can be supplied from a tank via pumps or from the town mains, providing the flow is sufficient and fills the pipes. Detector heads are nozzles that direct a jet of water on to a deflector plate which defuses over a large area. The water is held back by a glass bulb or soldered strut which holds a plug in place. The hot gases from a fire will raise the temperature at ceiling level and when the area adjacent to the head reaches a specific temperature that sprinkler head will actuate and spray water on to a fire. Only the sprinklers over the fire will open and the others will remain closed. This limits any damage to areas where there is no fire and reduces the amount of water needed.

Fire Hose Reels are a specialist piece of equipment and are normally located to cover large areas with a high risk. It is our opinion that fire hose reels should only be used when a fire risk assessment specifically recommends it.

Dry and wet risers are used by the Fire Service to provide a means of delivering large quantities of water up through a building. Dry riser pipes are maintained empty of water. The dry riser is the opposite of a “wet riser” where the pipes are kept full of water for manual or automatic fire fighting operations. Dry risers have to allow access to a fire engine within 18 m of the dry riser inlet box. Dry risers in occupied buildings have to be within a fire resistant shaft, usually one of a building’s fire escape staircase enclosures.

Fire Risk Assessments

Compliance with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Fire Risk Assessments are required by law for most premises under The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) – View the Document

If you employ more than 5 people, you have to record and document any significant findings. A risk assessment will involve;

  1. Identifying fire hazards
  2. Deciding who could be harmed
  3. Evaluating risks and deciding whether fire precautions are adequate
  4. Recording your findings and actions
  5. Reviewing and revising your risk assessment periodically

Passive Fire Protection

Fire Doors – Fire Stopping / Sealing

Passive Fire Protection is an integral component of structural fire protection and fire safety in a building. Passive Fire Protection attempts to contain fires or slow the spread, through use of fire-resistant walls, floors, and doors


24 Hour Monitoring

Our systems when connected to Redcare or Digital Communicators are continually monitored by the UK’S largest independent Alarm Receiving Centre who will notify the property key holders and or the appropriate emergency services in the event of an alarm activation at the property.

Automatic Opening Vent (AOV)

Natural – Mechanical – Pressurisation

AOV “Automatic Opening Vent” systems are a control system designed to vent air or smoke for use in natural & smoke ventilation. AOV control systems are used mainly to control the ventilation of smoke in a fire. When a smoke detector or call point connected to the system is triggered the AOV control system will open actuators, windows or vents to create ventilation. This clears smoke for people leaving the building and vents smoke out of the area that has been triggered.


Intruder – Access Control – CCTV

Security, CCTV and Door Access systems provide protection to businesses and their employees. Intruder alarms act as both a deterrent and warning system to alert of any intrusions. There is a wide range of CCTV Surveillance equipment available which can be used for applications to suit any business. Access Control Systems allow your premises to be secure and managed electronically.