Fire Alarm Systems

Whether you're looking to install a new fire alarm system or ensure your existing fire system is kept up to code, Ignis has you covered.

If the fire detection alarm system in your business isn’t performing correctly, it likely will not detect fires early on as they are developing so that there is time for occupants to safely vacate the premises.

Fire alarm systems are intended to detect fires early enough to ensure the safety of emergency response personnel who turn out to reduce building loss and safely ensure that everyone has escaped dangerous burning situations. At Ignis Fire Protection Services we can provide, install and service top quality fire detection alarm systems in businesses across the Midlands.

When operating properly, the fire detection alarm systems we supply are able to minimise the amount of time required to get a business back up and running. The best fire alarm systems are set to alert first responders and provide information about the location of the fire, speeding up the process of controlling the fire and applying suppressive measures to limit damage.

Fire Protection Systems

Advantages and Disadvantages

There are many types of fire alarm systems available to businesses; one type is a manual system, which relies on a person activating a manual call point to set the fire system into a full alarm condition. This generally delays the notification process, which, in an automatic detection system is far quicker since the alarm can be raised via the nearest automatic smoke detector, helping people to leave the premises sooner.

Selecting A Fire Alarm System

When selecting fire detection alarm systems for your business it is important to consider your objectives for fire safety.

To determine this, it is vital to perform an assessment of the facility and its operations. This assessment should include the way you view your tolerance to risk and your ability to financially compensate for losses. The choice of system depends a lot on the building structure and layout, the purpose of the building and current legislation.

Because facilities are different, this should be weighed in the balance. For instance, a hospital, dormitory or hotel where people might be asleep or unable to fend for themselves can be considered at greater risk for loss of life than a warehouse that stores saleable goods.

Along with selecting and installing a specific type of fire alarm system, is the continuing commitment required during its life. Due to the manpower and time it takes to inspect, test and maintain these systems, the cost is ongoing. This, among other reasons, is why it is crucial to evaluate your needs before choosing fire alarm systems and selecting the one that best fits your needs. Taking a considered approach before you have a system installed is likely to ensure it best meets your needs.

Three Different Types of Fire Alarm

Fire alarm legislation doesn't dictate exactly which type of system you need. Instead it's important to consider what's right for your particular circumstances. Professional alarm companies in Birmingham such as Ignis are able to advise which system will maximise safety and meet the regulatory standards. Fire alarm regulations demand that all fire safety systems should be installed in compliance with British Standard BS 5839 by a professional who is fully versed in the latest legislation.

There are three different types of alarm system:

Conventional Fire Alarm

This is the basic and most common type of fire alarm system. It divides your property into different zones and in the event of an incident, the fire alarm panel will indicate in which zone it is happening. It doesn't indicate the exact location. As a result, this kind of system is best for smaller locations or those with a lower overall risk profile.

Addressable Fire Alarm

This is a more intelligent and detailed system. Every fire device in the system will have its own unique binary address. When one activates it will tell you exactly where the fire is. This can speed up the response considerably in larger buildings and it offers the kind of extra assurance needed in places like schools, hospitals and care homes.

Wireless Fire Alarm

This kind of fire alarm works in the same way as the addressable fire alarm system. The key difference is it doesn't have wires. In their place is a secure wireless link between the devices and the fire alarm control panel. This kind of system is particularly suitable in situations where large amounts of cabling wouldn't be appropriate such as a church or listed building.

Choosing a company to fit and maintain your alarm

If you're looking for a Birmingham fire and security company to fit and maintain your system, it's worthwhile spending a little time looking at their credentials. Who have they worked for? What accreditation do they have? Are previous customers willing to recommend them? Taking some time to choose an experienced and professional alarm company will ensure your money is well spent and you have total confidence in your fire protection system.

At Ignis, we have fitted many fire alarm systems in Solihull and the Birmingham area so contact us today to find out more.

Ignis deal with a host of fire alarm system manufacturers

We also supply and install wireless fire alarm systems with are proving to be more and more popular with customers.

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