Fire safety at any property is paramount, and fire alarms often serve as the first line of defence, delivering a robust warning system. To help you understand more about fire alarm solutions and the different systems available, we’ve put together the answers to some of your frequently asked questions.

How important are fire alarms?

Fire alarms are necessary for both domestic and commercial premises, and employers and landlords are bound by law to uphold health and safety standards. Early fire and smoke detection saves lives and minimises property damage. Fire alarms provide precious extra minutes needed to evacuate everybody safely.

What type of fire alarm do I need?

The best fire alarm for your needs depends on the occupancy, size and layout of your building. Conventional fire alarms are often suited to smaller spaces, while larger buildings may require addressable systems for pinpoint accuracy in locating a fire. A good fire alarm company will survey your property and address your needs before recommending suitable products.

Are wired or wireless fire alarm systems better?

The choice between wired and wireless fire alarm systems depends on the property. Wired systems are often more reliable for larger buildings, while wireless systems offer flexibility and ease of installation. Consider your building layout, potential for expansion and your desired level of convenience.

What are analogue addressable fire alarm systems?

Analogue addressable fire alarm systems offer solutions for large commercial premises or complex sites, such as industrial spaces. They have advanced features for precise fire detection, as each system device has a unique address to provide specific information about where the alarm was first triggered. Addressable systems have the benefit of faster response times and fewer false alarms.

What’s the best layout and design for a new fire alarm system?

The best layout and design for a new fire alarm system can be determined by a professional assessment to outline the optimal placement of detectors, alarms and control panels. Factors such as building size, occupancy and fire risks should be looked at to ensure broad coverage and a rapid emergency response.

How are fire alarms maintained?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states a competent person must regularly maintain your alarm system. This ensures its reliability and reduces malfunctions, potentially saving lives. Professional fire alarm companies offer services such as routine inspections, testing, and generally making sure alarms remain in optimal condition. During maintenance sessions, technicians may check for faults, replace components and verify the system’s functionality. British Standards BS5839 recommends servicing should be carried out at least once every six months.

How often should fire alarms be tested?

Regular fire alarm testing is essential to ensure these early warning systems continue to work. This should take place weekly, and many businesses do it on the same day and at the same time each week.

Do you need fire alarm services? Get in touch

If you’d like a fire alarm quote, get in touch with DTEEC. We offer fire alarm design, installation, testing and maintenance in London and Surrey, including Purley and Raynes Park.

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