Fire Alarms

Fire regulations require businesses to be able to provide evidence that their system is fit for purpose and is designed, installed, commissioned and maintained in accordance with the relevant British Standards by a competent contractor.

British Standard 5839-1:2017 sets out very clear guidance on every aspect of a fire alarm and detection system and is split into four distinct categories, Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance. Each of these categories are covered by BAFE SP203-1, and we are accredited in all four.

Fire Alarm System Types

Conventional

Conventional fire alarm systems use zones, which are represented by LEDs on the control panel. Each zone identifies a specific area of the building. On activation of the system the zone in alarm needs to be searched to locate the cause of the alarm.
Conventional fire alarm systems are cost effective and perfect for small premises.

Analogue Addressable

Analogue addressable systems are much more sophisticated than conventional systems, as each detector has its own unique address with the ability to not only identify the area of activation, but the exact location, which will be shown on the panel display. This allows for a faster and safer search of the building.
The system can be configured to provide a wide range of flexibility. Panels can be networked together and graphic systems can be added to further enhanced the fire alarm system.

Wireless

Radio systems can be used on any site but they are best suited to historic or listed buildings, hotels, schools or any premises that requires a time-limited, efficient installation with minimal damage to the fabric of the building.

Fire Alarm System Categories

Category L1 to L5 – Primarily designed to protect life
Category P1 to P2 – Primarily designed to protect property
Category M – Manually operated systems with no automatic fire detectors

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting systems are designed, installed and maintained in compliance with the recommendations of BS5266.

Emergency lighting is often seen in escape routes and above exits, but they should also be installed in open areas greater than 60m², changes in floor levels, lift motor rooms, high risk areas, over safety equipment, windowless rooms and toilets accommodation exceeding 8m².

Emergency lighting is usually one of two types ‘maintained’ where the fitting provides both normal and emergency lighting and ‘non-maintained’ which provide just emergency lighting.
Maintenance of an emergency lighting system is essential to ensure correct operation and continued reliability and to identify any faults.

Monthly all the emergency lighting must be tested. The test is a short functional test (This test can be conducted by the Responsible person or us if you prefer).

Annually all the emergency lighting must be tested for the full duration (e.g. 3 hours).

We can provide emergency lighting maintenance, including the monthly and annual test.

Design

One of the most critical parts of any fire alarm installation is the design stage. Our Fire Alarm Systems are designed in accordance with BS5839-1:2017 and are BAFE SP203-1 certified, this gives you the assurance that your fire alarm system will be the best possible design minimising the potential for false alarms.

Once the work is completed we then issue the design certificate.

Supply

All the systems we supply are ‘open protocol’ which means spares are readily available and also provides customers with peace of mind that their system will not be tied to one organisation or service provider.

Installation

The installation of your fire alarm system must comply with BS5839-1:2017 and also the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations BS7671. Our highly skilled and experienced engineers are competent in both aspects of the installation and will ensure your fire alarm system is fitted in accordance with the design specification.

Once the work is completed we then issue the installation certificate.

Commissioning

At the commissioning stage we test the complete fire alarm system, to make sure it matches the specified design and is installed in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations and the requirements of BS5839-1:2017 and BAFE SP203-1.

Once the work is completed we then issue the commissioning certificate.

Servicing

Our service engineers are BAFE accredited and certified, and have years of knowledge and experience, they have the right tools and equipment to carry out servicing on most makes of fire alarm systems, ensuring your fire alarm system performs exactly as it should, exactly when it should.

We can service every type of fire alarm from the smallest conventional system to the largest analogue addressable multi-panel system.
We service all fire alarms in accordance with the manufactures recommendations and the requirements of BS5839-1:2017 and BAFE SP203-1.

On completion of the service a detailed report/certificate of inspection will be emailed directly to the responsible person.

Maintenance

With years of knowledge and experience with most fire alarm systems on the market our engineers can resolve most problems quickly and cost-effectively.

All our engineers carry spares for most fire alarm systems. This means that most repairs can be completed on the first visit.

On completion a detailed job sheet will be emailed directly to the responsible person.