It goes without saying that installing a fire alarm system could help save your home, your business and your life. The government recommends that every room where a fire could feasibly start, has an alarm.
Anyone who cares about health and safety will get a fire alarm installed, but it is not as simple as just choosing the first one you come across. There are lots of factors that can influence your choice of system or how many detectors you may choose to have. Below is a handy guide that will help you through the process.
Consider the needs of your building
There are three main types of fire alarms, all of which are recommended by fire fighters for different types of building. The conventional fire alarm is highly recommended for smaller or low risk environments. It works by dividing your premises into sections and in the event of a fire, the zone is identified, but not the exact location.
For a building that is more high risk or larger, consider an addressable fire alarm. This system is more intelligent than the previous alarm, as each alarm has its own unique address, so the fire panel will tell you exactly where the problem is upon activation.
If your building isn’t designed to cope with lots of wires, consider a wireless fire alarm. This system works in the same way as an addressable alarm, but is (as the name suggests) wireless. Consider this solution for a building like a church.
Choose a reputable company
It is important to make sure that you choose a company to design your fire alarm system that is accredited by a professional body. Until very recently, there was no legal qualification needed to design a fire alarm system. Do your research and make sure that the professional you choose is above board.
Consider CDS Fire and Security if you are looking for fire alarm installers in Durham. All of their employees take part in their Fire Industry Authority Qualifications, as well as NVQ’s in Emergency and Security Systems.
What about grades and categories?
The systems that define the grades and categories of fire alarm systems are incredibly complex. These systems dictate how your fire alarm should be constructed and what areas of your building they should cover.
As stated above, these systems are complex, so it is recommended that you consult a reputable professional, who can give expert advice on the needs of your building. There is no better way to ensure your building is as safe as possible.
Hopefully the above information will assist you in your research for a new fire alarm system. We cannot stress enough how much a professional can assist you in this hunt, but it is always helpful to go into discussions with an idea of what you need.
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