Deciding which Fire Alarm is for you

The first thing to do when looking to install/upgrade your Fire Alarm System is to decide which type of system is best for you, so here are the options:

 

Conventional

The most basic type of system. The building is divided into zonal areas, usually one zone per floor level. On activation of the system the panel will let you know which zone has been triggered to narrow down your search area. These system are cheap but only practical for smaller premises.

 

Analogue Addressable

They provide you with the exact location of the activation, both numerically and textually e.g. smoke 12 bedroom 4, so your search time is minimal. They also provide many other useful features such as pre-alarm modes and an event log. They are cheaper than previously and suitable for any site from a two story office block to a large complex with multiple buildings.

 

Radio

Radio systems are exactly that. Once power has been provided to the panel no other cables are required. They have improved a lot in the last 10 years and can be just as reliable as a wired system. But it is highly advisable to ensure that it is manufactured to all the relevant standards. Radio systems provide the exact location of the activation like the Analogue Addressable systems, and will warn in advance if a battery is running low. They are suitable for any premises but come into there own in listed buildings, hotels, pubs and any site where disruption must be kept to a minimum. These are the good points for using a Radio System:

  1. The installation time is greatly reduced.
  2. No redecoration will be required following installation. This cost saving can often be enough to make up the difference.
  3. The system can easily be added to and expanded at a future time. It can also be amended if the function or ownership of a room changes.
  4. No surface trunking is required for the Fire Alarm System which will help maintain the aesthetics of the building.

If you are not sure which system will best suite your needs please call us for an initial discussion. We will be happy to visit you on site and complete a full survey of your premises to establish the exact system fit for purpose for your business. 

Fire Alarm Maintenance

Fire Alarm London can provide regular, planned maintenance, helping to protect your investment. We tailor the contracts to your specific needs and because we are continuously maintaining your alarm system, we will also keep you updated on system upgrades and new features as soon as they become available.

For more information visit our Fire Alarm Maintenance page to see our full services.

Fire Safety Training

GK Fire Alarm London is a consultancy and training company which has wide experiece of working with both large and small clients in the area of OHSE. We aim to provide solutions which are cost effective to your business. If you have a commitment to safety like ourselves, contact us by email or call us on 0800 043 8148 for more information.

PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)

Our aim is to supply the most cost effective PAT testing solution by offering a fully managed service. Our service includes free annual risk assessments, free testing of new equipment and many more inovative ideas to ensure the frequency our customers PAT testing is the greatest possible within current guidelines

Fire Doors

Buildings are compartmentalised to delay the spread of fire from one area to another. The compartments are usually linked by doors to allow for passage of traffic around the building. Door sets have two important functions in a fire, when closed they form a barrier to fire spread and when open they provide a means of escape.

A well designed timber fire door will delay the spread of fire and smoke without causing too much hindrance to the movement of people and goods. Different parts of a building may be separated from each other, into compartments of a fire-resisting construction. Any openings leading from them will have fire doors to maintain an effective fire barrier and should prevent excessive transmission of products of combustion which can interfere with the safe use of escape routes.

Every fire door is therefore required to act as a barrier to the passage of smoke and/or fire to varying degrees dependent upon its location in a building and the fire hazard associated with the building.

  • A fire door is to provide resistance to the passage of a well developed fire and consequently requires intumescent strips to be installed.
  • Secondly to prevent excessive quantities of cold smoke to pass in the early stages of a fire and then to provide a barrier to a well-developed fire. They need to be fitted with intumescent strips and cold smoke seals to achieve this aim.

Some fire doors may be required to fulfil only the first function as they may not be required to prevent the passage of smoke because of their location. Others as indicated by the second function may have to resist the the passage of smoke and the spread of fire. Fire doors are specified as FD when required to fulfil the first function and FDs doors to fulfil the second.

Fire Regulations and Legislation

The effects of a fire can be devastating in terms of lives lost, injuries, and damage to property. Most fires are preventable, and can be avoided by householders and those responsible for commercial and other public buildings taking responsibility for and adopting fire safe behaviours and procedures.

The Department for Communities and Local Government supports the work of the Fire and Rescue Service in reducing the incidence of accidental and deliberate fires in the home and in commercial premises and other public buildings through:

  • oversight and management of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the Fire Safety Order), and
  • the development and implementation of policies designed to reduce preventable fires in domestic dwellings.

For more information on the Department for Communities and Local Government support please click here.

Fire Safety Training Courses

We offer our fire training courses range from fire awareness to fire warden/Marshall training. We also carry out fire risk assessments and deliver fire risk assessment training. For more information please visit our Fire Safety Training Page.