IDS Security News
All the latest security news and information, plus insights and updates from IDS Security Systems Ltd.

School fire alarm system

Schools and colleges must do what they can protect students and staff members from fire. A well-maintained fire alarm system is one of the most crucial components of that effort.

 

What fire safety measures are required in schools?

According to the UK government's guide to fire safety in new and existing school buildings, schools must:

  • Ensure steps are taken to "reduce the likelihood of fire"
  • Make staff members and students "familiar with emergency evacuation procedures"
  • Install and "maintain fire detection and alarm systems"

The first two items on that list are important, of course, but even the most stringent precautions cannot completely eliminate the risk of fire, and regular fire drills won't help if pupils and teachers aren't alerted when a real fire breaks out.

So it's critically important to ensure that your school has a working, well-designed fire warning system in place.

 

Installing fire alarms in schools

We at IDS Security have been installing fire alarms for many years.

When planning a new fire detection system, our engineers take the unique requirements of the project into account in order to deliver the best possible solution.

If you need a fire alarm system for a school or college, please get in touch with IDS to discuss your requirements and get a free, no-obligation installation quote.

 

Fire safety tips for schools

  • Hold regular fire drills to ensure that all pupils and staff know what to do in the event of a real fire

  • Talk to young students about the importance of fire safety to ensure they take fire alarms seriously

  • Make sure people with disabilities are taken into consideration - are fire exits, alarms and assembly points accessible to all?

  • Ensure staff members are familiar with the school's fire alarm system and how it works

  • Carry out regular risk assessments and review your fire prevention procedures frequently to make sure they are as effective as possible

Fire Alarm Systems from IDS >>

Image source: Wikipedia

The Regulatory Reform Order, or RRO, is the UK's legislative document about fire alarms operation and installation. This document is broken down into several sections and subsections can be difficult to digest if you're not a fire safety professional. So, in this blog, we aim to give you a bite-sized version of the UK's fire alarm regulations. 

The UK government advises that all fire alarms and smoke detection systems should comply with the British Standard BS 5839. Let's take a look at some of the most common questions we get about fire alarm regulations:

  • Do I need to have a fire alarm installed?
  • Who can install a fire alarm system?
  • How often should I service my fire alarms?

Do I need to have a fire alarm installed?

The current regulations require all businesses to have a suitable fire detection system in place. This means that in the event of a fire, all employees would be warned and would have time to evacuate safely! 

If you don't have a fire alarm installed in your home, you aren't technically breaking the law, but it could affect your home insurance! We talk more about this in our blog - Are Fire Alarms Required By Law?

To assess whether or not you need a fire alarm system, we recommend considering the following:

  • Are your premises large & multi-storeyed?
  • Do you have high-risk flammable substances around?
  • Do you partake in any activities that involve heat/fire such as cooking?

If the answer to the above questions is yes, it's recommended that you have a fire alarm system installed to keep you safe whether that's in your home or at work. 

Enquire about our fire alarm systems now!

 

How often should I service my fire alarm?

The government doesn't require you to test your fire alarms after a set amount of time, but they do recommend maintaining your fire alarm periodically so that it functions correctly at all times. 

To do a fire alarm assessment, a competent person needs to inspect and test the fire alarm system roughly once every 6 months. For larger establishments, testing your system once every 3 months will help prevent unexpected faults. 

Speak to our team if you need help with your fire alarm assessment. 

Who can install a fire alarm system?

As it stands, the government requirements state that a person installing a fire alarm system has to be 'competent'. This means they should have:

  • An excellent understanding of your chosen fire alarm system and how it works.
  • Be capable of advising you if the grade or category of your chosen fire alarm system.
  • Have a good understanding of the relevant British Standard BS 5839
  • Have sound electrical knowledge

The IDS technicians are all fully trained and qualified to install fire alarm security systems quickly, efficiently and safely.

We highly recommend that you get in touch with us before trying to install your fire alarm security system yourself.

 

While the police and ambulance services equate for the majority of emergency call outs in the UK, the fire service is far from underused, with an incredible number of hazards attended throughout the year.

The sheer volume of fire-related emergency calls alone is proof that fires are a very real immediate danger to us all and not just something that affects other people.

As such, a working fire alarm is a vital piece of equipment for any property and efficient fire alarm maintenance to keep it in working order year-round is just as important.

 

fire alarm maintenance

 

Fire Statistics UK

According to the gov.uk website, England’s Fire & Rescue Services attended over 167,000 fires between April 2017 and March 2018.

Incredibly, those figures equate to just around 460 fires a day on average – a sobering statistic that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Worse still, over 74k of these incidents were classified as “primary fires”, defined as any fire that occurs in a non-derelict building, vehicle or outdoor structure.

Of these, over 30k fires occurred in “dwellings” (i.e. houses, flats and caravans), while over 15.5k fires occurred in “other buildings” – including public venues like hotels, shops and restaurants – as well as places of work, such as offices, factories and warehouses.

 

Professional Fire Alarm Maintenance

Whether you’re responsible for fire alarm systems in a commercial setting, a public location or a residential property, efficient and effective fire alarm maintenance is of vital importance.

At IDS, we not only specialise in fire alarm design and installation, we also provide a professional maintenance package that’s tailored to you and your fire alarm system.

Our comprehensive fire alarm maintenance contract provides an extensive aftercare service, providing you with a reliable 24/7 call out service, for system monitoring at your beck and call.

 

Types of Fire Alarm Maintenance

Whether you have a conventional, addressable or wireless fire alarm, our expert staff can be on hand in no time to fix any manner fire alarm maintenance issues.

Any day, any time, we can be there to ensure your fire protection system is operating at full working capacity and functioning at optimal performance to keep you, the property and its contents safe.

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we pride ourselves on providing you with a service that offers genuine peace of mind that money can’t buy.

Don’t take the risk: stay protected with IDS fire alarm maintenance services today.

 

For more information, call 029 20 753 251 now or click the button below to get in touch online.

Get in Touch

Choosing the right fire alarm for your property is incredibly important, with so many high-profile fires in the media more attention is being paid to installing the right precautionary measures.

At IDS, we have a range of fire alarm systems that are designed to give you the best chance of evacuating the building and preventing the fire from spreading. But which alarm system should you choose? You'll often see a choice between conventional fire alarms and addressable fire alarms - but what is the difference?

Conventional vs Addressable Fire Alarms

The key difference between convention and addressable alarms is that conventional alarms can alert you that a fire is occurring and can direct you to the zone in which it has started, but can't exactly locate where the fire is.

In comparison, an addressable alarm can pinpoint exactly where the fire is, as it can tell you which fire/smoke alarm has been set off. As you can locate the fire immediately, this fire alarm system gives you the best chance of stopping a fire from spreading further.

When would I pick a conventional fire alarm?

If you have a small property with few fire hazards then a conventional fire alarm is a cost-effective way to alert you to a fire. As a conventional fire alarm can tell you the zone in which a fire is taking place you will still be able to locate the fire in a timely manner. 

When do I need an addressable fire alarm?

Addressable fire alarms are perfect for larger facilities as there will be no question as to where a fire has started. The speed in which you locate a fire drastically improves the chances of stopping it from spreading and getting everyone to safety. Addressable fire alarms can reassure you that in the event of a fire you will be able to tackle it as quickly as possible and give the emergency services more details about the location and possibly type of fire that has started.

Where can I get a fire alarm system?

Whether you want a conventional or addressable fire alarm system, IDS can help you design a system that will best suit your property. We will also install your system to ensure that it is all up and working to it's best ability.

We also offer around-the-clock monitoring service for your fire alarm system and a call out engineering service that is available 24/7 to give you peace of mind your fire alarm system is always up and running. To learn more about our fire alarm services, you can click here.

 

If you are interested in or conventional or addressable fire alarm systems or about any of the other security systems we supply here at IDS, we are more than happy to help. Get in touch with our friendly team of experts so that we can help you make your property more secure. Contact us today

Fire Protection System Design

Fire protection starts with taking the necessary precautions. Fire protection systems are incredibly important to how you safeguard your property from what could be a devastating event. Lately, there have been several high-profile stories about how disastrous fire can be to both the building and those unfortunate enough to be inside during. Stories like this remind us how vital a fire protection system design really is and how they can prevent the worst case scenario from taking place.

There isn't a 'one-size-fits-all' to fire protection which is why we work with you to suggest the best way to ensure fire safety at your property. Unlike other fire alarm companies, we provide a full fire protection system design service which allows us to create a system that is tailored to your property and requirements.  To learn more about the fire alarm systems we have to offer you can click here

We have over 20 years of experience which is why we are so capable when it comes to designing, installing and maintaining your fire protection system. When we design a fire protection system we work with you to gain a full understanding of the property you are hoping to secure and discuss the type of fire alarm system that best suits your requirements.

We offer a range of different fire alarms which include: 

  • Conventional fire alarms systems
  • Addressable fire alarms systems 
  • Wireless alarm systems 

By designing your fire protection system you can choose whether you need a standard fire alarm which you are required to have by law or something that covers a larger property which can help you pinpoint the location of the fire instantly. 

Once we design your fire protection system we are also able to offer you around-the-clock monitoring system so that you can be sure your fire alarm system is always performing it's best. This gives you peace of mind that your fire protection system is working correctly, as it's been said that 90 people die each year because their smoke alarm had a flat or missing battery

If you have any questions concerning our fire protection system design our friendly team is more than happy to advise you. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you make your property more secure. 

©   Copyright 2020 IDS Security Systems Limited   Cookies Policy | Legal | Sitemap
Responsive website by Designer Websites Ltd