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Fire & Smoke Alarm Systems
An alarm system that activates when there is a smoke problem in the house can make a home safer. If owner of a business then you must ensure that all premises comply with the UK’s BS5839 Fire Safety Regulations. Our team of Birmingham professionals can conduct an extensive survey and recommend any necessary changes.
Smoke alarms are essential for your home. The spread of fire is faster with modern furniture than it was in times past. A sufficient amount of smoke alarms must be properly placed to maximize time for escape. National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code 72 (NFPA 72) has been requiring smoke alarms to be in every room, including existing houses, for at least five years. It also requires them outside all sleeping areas and on every level. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms. This is often because homes constructed to previous standards do not meet the minimum requirements. It is important for homeowners to be aware that the detection needs of homes have changed and that enforcement agencies take preventative steps to make certain that all houses are equipped with sufficient smoke alarms.
What is a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)?
Take a look at where you live and who lives there, as if it were a fire prevention issue. Understanding the possible risks associated with fire and smoke is a key factor in being able to improve the fire safety precautions taken by Birmingham home and business owners.
Why Do It?
The law requires that a Fire Risk Assessment be completed. A Fire Risk Assessment is required for anyone who has responsibility for buildings, such as an employer, owner, or occupier of premises not considered a single private dwelling (a private residence), and you must make sure that the Fire Risk Assessment is completed by a qualified person. Your responsibility is to find fire dangers and hazards within your property and take the appropriate actions. Your fire risk assessment must be written if more than five persons work on your premises. Your risk assessment should be reviewed regularly, and any changes that could have an effect on it must be recorded. It may seem like a total inconvenience but you have legal obligation to ensure the safety of your staff and many businesses do not financially recover from fires.
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is an extremely toxic, flammable and dangerous gas. It’s produced by incomplete fuel burning; luckily carbon monoxide alarms can be installed to notify you of the presence of this toxic gas in the atmosphere from faulty gas appliances.
The Dangers of a Fire Outbreak
It’s not possible to be there to watch over your property 24/7. Fire alarms offer many benefits to home and business owners, although there are some who fail to install them despite their obvious advantages. The UK fire services respond to over 600,000 fires each year, these fires cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year.
An estimated 500 deaths and nearly 11,000 injuries occur within the domestic setting, according to these statistics. A small investment, about the price of installing a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector will allow you to instantly respond to any threat to your home and family.
Fire and Carbon Monoxide Risks
Some people believe they’ll be able to smell or see smoke and flames well before it becomes a danger however the reality is that fires can happen when you least expect it such as in the middle of night when everyone is asleep or in inaccessible area in your house where it could spread unnoticed. Fires have the capacity to start and spread very quickly.
The Invisible threat: Carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide also known as CO is an elusive threat and gas produced by fuel-burning devices or fixtures such as a furnace or water heaters. Due to these fuel burning devices not properly venting, carbon monoxide could start to buildup in your home. In an attempt to make a home as secure as possible they can in fact be sealed in such a way which reduces air flow from the interior and exterior of the house. A garage attached to the house where there is a car can allow carbon monoxide into the building. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous as it’s a gas which consumes oxygen from the air and produces toxic compounds in your body when inhaled.
By having an alarm system that detects both smoke- and carbon monoxide you’ll be warned of any danger posed to your home and family from these potentially fatal gases. These alarms are typically available in three types: battery-powered or plug-in, and can be hard-wired. Hard-wired devices require electrical connections to an available junction box and should be installed by one of our specialist installers.
There are two kinds of detectors available:
- Ionization Sensors: register a flaming fire more quickly
- Photoelectric sensors: Provide a quicker response to smouldering fireplaces
What Kinds of Alarm Systems Are There?
While optical alarms cost more than Ionisation, they can detect slow-burning flames such as melting wire. Similar to ionisation Alarms, they’re less efficient at picking up fast-flaming flames.
The Heat Alarms are very sensitive to temperature changes. However, they don’t detect smoke.
Combined Optical Smoke And Heat Alarms
There are alarms that have both hybrid detection capabilities. These alarms are generally more reliable and less likely to be false alarms. They also detect threats much quicker.
Combined Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can be mounted on ceilings and offer both protection and fire prevention at a fair price.
What to expect from our smoke alarm system installers in Birmingham
They are fully insured, uniformed, and qualified to help you in all areas of smoke alarm installation, replacement, and source for any alarm device, such as heat, photo-electric, ionization, or optical. Every unit meets or exceeds the British Standard for Smoke Detection and Building Fire Alarm Systems.
AllSafe-Alarms Birmingham will inspect and test any newly installed carbon monoxide or smoke alarms to verify that they work properly. It also checks the battery of all existing detectors. The company provides a maintenance and control of smoke alarms. It is recommended to inspect your smoke alarms once per year if you don’t have a 10-year fire detection system.
How to respond to an alarm
Prepare an evacuation plan to cover your family members and employees in the event of an emergency. You should identify a gathering spot outside of your business or home. You can practice evacuation regularly to find the safest route and fastest way to get there.
If your alarm sounds;
- You must leave the area immediately.
- Make sure all employees and family members are present.
- For safety reasons, you can call 999 to report the issue.
- You should not return to the building until you are told by emergency personnel that it is safe.
Our trained technicians will inspect all appliances capable of producing gas to rule out carbon monoxide.