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We answer your frequently asked fire safety questions

Understanding fire alarm regulations can be a real headache. Our guide to The Regulatory Reform Order 2005 helps to answer key questions.

  • Do I need a new fire alarm?
  • How do I carry out weekly fire alarm tests?
  • How often should I be having my alarm serviced?

Our simple guide to the latest UK fire alarm legislation

UK fire alarm regulations form part of The Regulatory Reform Order 2005 - which unless you're a fire safety professional, can be a daunting process. In addition, the UK government recommends that all fire alarm and detection systems should be installed and maintained in accordance with British Standard BS 5839-1.

Securing a property from fire risk can be a daunting process for business owners - whilst the government provides literature on fire alarm regulations and The Regulatory Reform Order 2005, we know that there is often confusion around the exact requirements for businesses.

"We understand the challenges faced by businesses to comply to fire regulations - with our help you can avoid the pitfalls."

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What's covered in a fire risk assessment?

If you are responsible for any business premises, warehouse or apartment building, you have a legal obligation to carry out or commission a proper fire risk assessment carried out by a “competent person”.

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Do I need a fire system for my business?

Despite the regulatory literature, as a fire safety company of many years’ standing, we know that there is often confusion around the exact requirements of UK fire alarm legislation.

STEP 1

Do I need a Fire Alarm?

Fire safety legislation outlines that if an outbreak of fire occurs, it should be easily detected and all occupants of the building can be easily warned. UK fire alarm regulations back-up this statement, stating that all business premises must have 'an appropriate fire detection system'.

However, this does not necessarily apply to all businesses. Not all business require a fire alarm system, but this is only the case if all of the following statements are true.

  • Your premises are small, simple and single-storey or open-plan
  • You don't store any high-risk substances, such as chemicals
  • You don't undertake any high-risk activities, such as cooking
  • You don't have any vulnerable occupants, such as the very young, elderly or disabled
  • A fire would be easily spotted if it broke out anywhere in the premises
  • A shout of 'Fire!' would be easily heard by all occupants

If any of the statements above are false and they do not apply to you business, then you will require a fire alarm system. If you are unsure on the statements above, or have doubts, the decision will be made by your Fire Risk Assessment. The end result of completing such a document should state whether you should or shouldn't install automatic fire detection (conventional or addressable fire alarm).

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STEP 2

What type of fire alarm system do I need?

When it comes to fire alarms there are 3 main types of fire alarms known as : conventional, addressable and wireless systems.


Conventional fire alarm
- This will divide your premises into broad zones

- If the alarm is activated the panel will identify the zone where the fire is but not precise
- Most suitable for smaller or in lower risk environments


Addressable fire alarm
- Each device has its own unique address

- If one device is activated then you are told exact where the
fire is
- Suitable fir more larger environments


Wireless fire alarm
- Uses a secure wireless link between each of the sensors

- Works how an addressable fire alarm works
- Suitable for premises which don't want to use a lot of cables

STEP 3

What are fire alarm 'grades' and 'categories'?

Grades

Fire alarm grades run from A to F with A being the highest grade possible and F being the lowest.

Your more typical residential building can usually meet fire alarm regulations with a system between D-F. A business will need to have a system that complies with UK fire alarm legislation which will require a system from A to F.

Categories
There are 2 different types of categories with category P systems for protecting property and category L systems protecting life.

Which grade and category of a fire alarm will differ depending of the nature of your business. The grade and category of your fire system will be determined during a fire risk assessment.

Unsure what fire alarm you may need?

Organising a fire safety procedure can be a daunting task, however our team are here to lend a helping hand.

In our detailed guide to choosing the correct Fire Alarm, you can learn more about fire risk assessments, fire safety training tips and much more, including what technology is available to you.

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Fire Prevention - Choosing the right solution for your requirements

When it comes to fire prevention it is vital to remember that businesses and organisations can never afford to lapse into complacency.

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