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There’s no disputing the fact that fire alarms save lives. Moreover, they also save buildings, businesses and homes too, making them a hugely beneficial addition to any property.

However, that’s not to say they are perfect. Like any safety appliance, fire alarms can also cause issues, particularly if they’re triggered by mistake.

False fire alarms are a massive burden to firefighters nationwide and cost the fire service untold amounts of time, money and resources.

As such, preventing false fire alarms should be a priority for any business owner with fire safety measure in place.

 

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Implications of False Fire Alarms

According to the London Fire Brigade, there were an astounding 38,000 false fire alarms in 2017. That figure equates to 104 false calls a day!

Not only is this a waste of time for the hard-working men and women of the fire brigade, it’s also taking up precious time that could be better spent elsewhere, attending real emergencies and saving those in need.

What’s more, false alarms are also dangerous in how they effect the reactions of those in ear-shot and can breed complacency amongst those on-site.

If your workers are pre-conditioned by previous false alarms to believe an alarm doesn’t need their urgent attention, a real incident can result in slowed reactions which can translate to catastrophe.

 

False Fire Alarm Penalty UK

Local authorities have been toying with the idea of implementing a false fire alarm fine system for several years now; however, nothing has been set in stone as of this writing. That being said, persistent false-callers and re-offenders may be charged if proposed plans continue.

As of June 2019, London Fire Brigade planned to implement charges if they attended eight false alarms at the same site within 12 months, with further plans to charge for every additional false call-out that occurred thereafter.

Furthermore, while there isn’t an official system in place for a UK false fire alarm penalty at the moment, that’s not to say that a false fire alarm doesn’t incur some hefty costs all the same. If fire brigade resources are taken up unnecessarily, it could well hinder the treatment of a very real fire elsewhere.

 

Common Causes of False Fire Alarms

Fire alarms can be inadvertently set off for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from the logical to downright trivial. If your fire alarm isn’t well maintained or overly sensitive, you could be at risk of a false alarm.

It’s also important to have the right fire alarms in place for your property and the occupancy. Fitting a fire alarm system that’s not appropriate for your business or premises could well lead to a false fire alarm down the line.

Meanwhile, competent installation can also have an effect on performance, as can efficient maintenance thereafter. A slap-dash job of installing is a recipe for disaster, while lack of care can render the system useless.

 

Preventing False Fire Alarms

To prevent false fire alarms from affecting your premises, it’s universally recommended that you enlist the aid of an expert.

Professional attention can guarantee correct installation of the right system for your business, immediately reducing the risk of a false call out and the many knock-on effects they incur.

At IDS, our team of specialists can help you choose the right fire system for your business and install it professionally to the highest standards possible.

With over 20 years of experience, we also offer round the clock monitoring and a 24/7 call out service for maintained customers, offering unrivalled peace of mind and professional care.

 

Fire safety is no time to cut corners and take shortcuts. Call IDS today on 029 20 753 251 or click the button below to keep your premises safe and secure.

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If you run a business, whether it’s large or small, the security measures that you put into place to keep it safe from crime and other forms of disruptive activity are extremely important. Business such as offices, however, will feel the effects of poor security solutions more so than larger ones. Thefts, fires and break-ins cost organisations millions of pounds every single year, so offices would be making a wise investment to install proper and effective security measures. Here at IDS Security Systems, we offer a comprehensive range of security measures that will ensure your office is adequately protected. Take a look at the options we have for you to choose from below!

Access Control Systems

Access control systems are incredibly valuable within an office setting, as they allow access to your premises to authorised personnel only – this is a perfect option for an office that contains private and sensitive information. Access control systems come in various forms also, which makes them a great option for a range of offices. From fully computerised multi-site networks of control points to internal doors, we have the access control system best suited to your office. We utilise the latest security technologies such as biometrics and key fobs to ensure that your security system is up-to-date, offering maximum levels of safety.

CCTV Cameras

These are a simple yet very effective means of keeping your business secure and to detract criminal activity. With surveillance technology progressing massively in recent years, there is no better time to implement a network of CCTV cameras around your office. We are continuously implementing the latest developments in CCTV technology such as fibre optic transmission and digital recording to provide you with contemporary solutions that you can place your entire trust and have full confidence in.

Intruder Alarms

Intruder alarms are also a great measure when it comes to protecting businesses like offices. We are able to create a bespoke system with our state-of-the-art intruder alarms, to be installed and maintained by a team of experienced professionals. These systems are extremely effective as they are able to be monitored around-the-clock from our monitoring station, giving you peace of mind that your office can always be observed. These are particularly effective at detecting people who are not authorised to be on your premises.

Fire Alarms

With fires contributing to countless injuries and deaths every year, particularly within offices and other workplace environments, it is imperative that a proper fire safety measure such as an alarm is present within your business. It is also required by law, under Section 4 of the government’s guide to fire safety in the workplace, to have a ‘fire detection and warning system.’ The type of system depends on the building and the nature of the work that is carried out within your business. To get a better understanding of the exact fire alarm solution you need, help and advice from experts such as IDS Security Systems are available.

Each one of these security measures will go a long way to protecting your office. To make the levels of a safety for your business even greater, why not combining a number of these solutions to create one bespoke, comprehensive office security system? Contact us today by clicking below to submit your enquiry form!

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Fire safety is a very important subject - it truly is a matter of life and death. Homes and commercial premises both require certain measures to ensure that, in the event of a fire, the dangers to human life are kept to a minimum.

We specialise in fire protection systems here at IDS, but how much do you know about fire safety? Read our infographic to make sure you understand how to make your property safe:

Infographic Transcript

Research shows that buildings burn faster now than ever before:

  • 30 years ago you would have approximately 17 minutes to escape a house fire
  • Nowadays you can have less than 5!

Fire exit: Always know where public fire exits are and the safest way to evacuate your house if there is a fire.

Make sure you have a fire alarm installed and test the ones you do have.

2/3 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke or fire alarms or have alarms that don't work.

Fire alarms should be tested once a month and have their batteries changed once a year

Be sure to take all the correct safety precautions by installing the right fire alarm!

You should have a smoke alarm on every floor of your home.

Which Fire Alarm Do You Need?

Conventional Fire Alarms

  • Can tell you which zone a fire is in
  • Great for small buildings with low risk of fire hazards

Wireless Fire Alarms

  • Wirelessly links the alarm panel with sensitive sensors
  • Ideal for buildings where wires aren't suitable such as temporary locations

Addressable Fire Alarms

  • Ideal for large spaces with a higher risk of fire
  • Can tell you the exact location of the fire

Biggest Fire Hazards

  • Cooking
  • Unattended Flames
  • Faulty Electrical Systems
  • Heating

If you want to know which security system would best protect your business learn more at www.ids-securityltd.co.uk

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. 

Fire Alarm Maintenance

Fire can be devastating, one of those terrible events that no one thinks will happen to them until it does. That's why it's so important to have a fire alarm at your property, whether it is a commercial or personal space. Most of us know this, but something that is constantly overlooked is fire alarm maintenance. Many think that it is enough to just install a fire alarm, job done, right? 

Wrong. Like any piece of technology, occasionally there can be a fault that stops it from working to it's highest performance, but when it comes to your fire alarm system, this can't be overlooked. That's why at IDS we make it our priority to provide you with a fire alarm system that we can be sure is capable of making you safe. To learn more about our fire alarm systems, click here

With 20+ years of experience, we know how to design, install and maintain a fire alarm system that fits seamlessly with your property and your lifestyle. The maintenance we provide means that we will still be helping to protect your home long after we install your system.

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Our fire alarm maintenance ensures that your fire safety systems are in prime working condition, and you won't need to second guess when the last time you checked your alarm was. We provide a 24/7 call out service, that means an engineer is always on hand if you think there is something wrong with your alarm. This round-the-clock maintenance allows us to take action if something is wrong, come and fix the problem and keep your property protected.

Some benefits of fire alarm maintenance include:

  • Quick response to the location of the fire.
  • Ensuring your fire alarm is working to its full potential.
  • Rapid correspondence with the emergency services.
  • Peace of mind for property owners when they are away from their property.

If you're wondering what types of alarms are available you can learn more about them by reading our blog post. Or if you want to speak to us directly about the services we offer, don't hesitate to get in touch. Feel free to contact us today

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