Wireless Fire Alarm Systems
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Under the Duty Of Care (Health And Safety At Work Act, 1974), businesses, healthcare providers, and education facilities are legally obliged to take reasonable steps to protect the health and wellbeing of their employees, customers, patients, students, and members of the general public.
Part of this responsibility includes ensuring that your premises are equipped with effective fire detection and alarm systems to mitigate risk to the lives of the people in your care.
In addition, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, commercial fire alarms must be installed by a competent person or company, and the assigned professional must be able to understand several key areas.
• The different types of fire alarms and how they work, such as the main makes and models
• Fire alarm system grades and categories,
• How to design a fire alarm according to grade and category requirements
• The requirements of the British Standard BS5839
When installed, fire alarms must be inspected and serviced every six months and then tested weekly.
At KCS Projects, we specialise in the provision and installation of high-quality wireless alarm systems for private companies, healthcare providers, charities, and educational institutions.
With over 20 years of experience in the design and installation of fire alarm systems for commercial businesses, hospitals, schools, and universities, we have extensive knowledge of the health and safety requirements of these institutions.
This has equipped us to provide specialist services, such as expert advice on how to plan and enforce Fire Alarm Protocols to suit your routine operations and premises, while giving insights into areas of Fire Safety that may have been missed in previous reviews.
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Why Choose Wireless Fire Alarm Systems?
Businesses with a high footfall - or facilities that care for vulnerable groups - should prioritise fitting wireless alarms to reduce the risks of people tripping over wires. In particular, groups who are elderly, disabled, unwell, or very young may be particularly vulnerable to falls, and can be more susceptible to complications.
By choosing a wireless alarm, you ensure that rooms and corridors are free of trip hazards, without the expense of paying a professional to conceal wires by drilling holes into the walls or ceiling. Not only does this make the installation cheaper, but it also allows wireless alarms to be fitted quickly and easily - an excellent solution for last-minute developments or temporary measures.
In addition, wireless alarms can be easily removed and are completely reusable, allowing them to be repositioned as required.
Therefore, wireless alarms are a perfect solution for businesses with a high footfall, and for healthcare facilities who may need to cater to the needs of vulnerable patients while remaining within a restrictive budget.
Wireless alarm systems can also be integrated with other building safety systems such as security systems, and can be addressable or conventional, according to your needs.
Addressable VS Conventional Wireless Fire Alarm Systems
We can fit addressable or conventional fire alarm systems depending on the fire safety requirements of your premises.
Here is a basic overview of what these terms mean:
Addressable Alarm Systems
An addressable fire alarm system provides you with a straightforward way to pinpoint the exact location of a fire using identification codes and location descriptors displayed on an LCD screen.
Using this information, you can easily identify the triggered device within your system. This not only allows for a quicker and more efficient evacuation, but also provides crucial information to pass on to the responding fire services.
This feature proves especially invaluable in places like schools and healthcare facilities. In these settings, some individuals may require additional time and assistance to safely exit dangerous areas. The speed and accuracy of an addressable alarm system can save valuable time, which may be essential for evacuating all residents safely.
Addressable alarms operate through a cause-and-effect mechanism that can be pre-programmed during commissioning to suit the layout of your premises.
For example, you can configure it to activate alarms solely in the affected area, minimising disturbance to other occupants. On the other hand, if a higher level of security is required, you can set all alarms to trigger a full evacuation.
Door locks can also be deactivated for enhanced security, facilitating the safe evacuation of occupants.
Our custom-designed cause-and-effect mechanisms are tailored to your building, its occupants, and the surrounding environment. If you'd like to explore how we can configure your alarm system to meet your premises' fire safety needs, don't hesitate to get in touch!
Conventional Alarm Systems
In contrast, conventional alarm systems cannot precisely pinpoint the location of a fire. This means that in the event of an alarm, staff members will need to search the building to determine the fire's source.
An LED light on the system panel indicates the general 'zone' where the fire is detected, but this is a broad indicator. As such, a member of staff will need to identify the precise location of the fire in order to evacuate the occupants safely.
Conventional systems are often suitable for businesses, healthcare facilities, and educational institutions that follow a 'one out, all out' evacuation policy, also known as a single-stage evacuation.
Choosing Your Wireless Fire Alarm System
Most healthcare facilities use a staged evacuation process to care for patients who require additional time and assistance to exit the building safely. This typically involves evacuating the most vulnerable patients first and requires staff to carefully plan how much time is allocated for each patient.
As such, an addressable alarm system is most appropriate for the majority of hospitals, healthcare services, and care homes.
Schools and businesses, on the other hand, typically use a ‘one out, all out’ evacuation policy. This means that all staff and students will exit the building simultaneously. Therefore, in these facilities, a conventional alarm may be more appropriate.
The type of fire alarm you choose should align with your institution’s evacuation policies and procedures. For further advice about which type of fire alarm you should choose for your business, healthcare, or education policy, feel free to contact us.
Why Choose KCS Projects?
At KCS Projects, we have over 20 years of experience within the fire safety and security industries, working with a wide range of businesses from a variety of sectors across the UK.
Our Fire Alarm Systems are created to work in harmony with your existing evacuation protocols and circumstances, and with every system we fit, we install an Advanced Fire Alarm Panel and Hochiki Detectors to ensure the highest levels of safety and security for our clients.