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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.

 

Fire Alarms

In the event of a fire, a fire alarm is usually one of the first indicators that there is something wrong. But are fire alarms required by law? 

Most households feel safer and more comfortable if their home is fitted with a working fire alarm, so it's hard to imagine a world without these helpful warnings. According to the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, you're twice as likely to die in a fire if you don't have a smoke alarm that works and 90 people die each year because their smoke alarm battery was flat or missing. 

Are fire alarms required by law?

If you're a landlord, yes. Fire alarms are required by law within all of your properties. In the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015, all private sector landlords are required to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every storey of their property.

Landlords must also ensure the fire alarms work at the start of each new tenancy. Furthermore, each room which contains a solid fuel burning appliance, like a wood burning stove or a coal fire, must be fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm. 

As it has past 1st of October 2015, all Landlords are now legally required to have working fire and carbon monoxide alarm systems installed in their rented accommodation. 

If you own a business, it is also stated in the UK fire alarm regulations that all business premises much have an appropriate fire detection system. If any Landlords or Business Owners do not comply with these rules, they will face a fine.

Read the full Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

Do you need a fire alarm in your own home?

Though it is not illegal to be without a fire alarm in your home, it could affect your home insurance. If you have a fire alarm, many home insurance plans may provide a small discount on the cost of your cover.

However, if you tell your insurer that you have working fire alarms and it is found that they were not working when the fire happened, your payout may be reduced. They may even turn your claim down altogether. 

Therefore, whether you're letting, working, renting or a homeowner, it is advisable to always have a working fire alarm fitted in your premises. 

Where can I get a fire alarm? 

Here at IDS Security Systems, we specialise in fitting and supplying to latest fire detection technology. We have 20+ years of experience with fire alarm systems, and we provide a call our engineering service that is available around-the-clock. 

Our alarm systems include the following.

  • Conventional Fire Alarms
  • Addressable Fire Alarm Systems
  • Wireless Fire Alarm Systems

You can read more about our alarm systems here. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss our fire alarms further, you can contact us here or get in touch on 02920 753 251. 

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