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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.


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

At IDS, we use the very latest fire protection technology to deliver a system that is intelligently tailored to the individual needs of each client. In order to provide the correct level of protection, while also delivering ease of use and value for money, we offer a variety of of fire alarm systems, which include:

  • Conventional Fire Alarms - Each and every property should have a carefully planned and professionally installed fire alarm system, which provides invaluable protection and peace of mind. Here at IDS, we have extensive experience in the installation and maintenance of conventional fire alarm systems, for both the residential and commercial sector.

  • Addressable Fire Alarm Systems - For large buildings and commercial premises spread over a wide area, a more enhanced fire protection system may be required, in order to provide the desired level of protection and organisational control. These systems give the user advanced capabilities, allowing specific actions and monitoring tasks to be integrated into the system, while providing fast and precise detection in the event of a fire.

  • Wireless Fire Alarm Systems - Our wireless alarm systems provide advanced fire protection, without the need to install a complex network of wires and cables. This is of particular benefit to structures which are protected for conservation purposes, allowing a safe level of fire detection and prevention, while also complying to other regulations imposed on the building. These systems are also advantageous to buildings where a longer installation processes would be inconvenient, as well as temporary set ups, such as premises with ongoing building work.

If you would like to find out more about our range of fire protection technology, get in touch with the team at IDS today! Simply fill out our quick enquiry form here, or call us on 02920 753 251.
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UK employers are required by law to provide a safe workplace for their employees. One of the most crucial considerations for a business owner is fire safety - fires cause countless injuries and fatalities every year, and many of these incidents occurred in offices and other workplaces.
As an employer, your fire risk assessment will supply you with a number of different safety measures that you'll need to take in order to protect your staff from the risk of fire-related death or injury. Under the fire risk assessment, you must provide easily accessible fire exits, making sure that these points are clearly labelled and kept free from obstructions; you must also ensure that your workers know what to do and where to go in the event of a fire, as well as keeping fire extinguishers in the building in case a blaze breaks out.
Of course, installing an office fire alarm is one of the most important fire safety measures of all - here's why:

Why does my office need a fire alarm system?

A high-quality office fire alarm system will:
  • Warn your entire building when a fire starts
  • Speed up evacuation in the event of a fire
  • Alert the emergency services right away
  • Allow you to carry out regular fire drills if signalling is installed (at least 1 per quarter)
  • Protect your premises from fire even when nobody's around
  • Carry out weekly fire alarm tests
Of course, even if the list above doesn't convince you, there's one even more compelling reason to install a fire detection system in your office: it will ensure that you meet the requirements of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2006.

Office Fire Alarm Requirements

Section 4 of the UK government's guide fire safety in the workplace states:
"You must have a fire detection and warning system. You may need different types of detectors, depending on the type of building and the work carried out in it." (Source:
As the excerpt suggests, every workplace must have some kind of fire detection system in place, but the exact requirements vary depending on a range of different factors.
In order to ensure that your office fire alarm system is suitable for your business and its premises, it's a good idea to seek the help of an experienced professional. We at IDS Security Systems, for example, offer the following service:
  • We will recommend the best fire detection solution for your business
  • We will supply you with state-of-the-art fire protection technology
  • Our professional installers will ensure that your new system is set up properly
  • Our 24-hour monitoring and engineering service will ensure that your fire alarm system is fully functional at all times
We at IDS are probably best known for our state-of-the-art security systems: CCTV cameras, intruder alarms, access control systems, and so forth. But did you know that we also specialise in the field of fire protection?

The IDS team have been fitting fire alarms and fire detection systems for decades, and we feel that this experience – coupled with our comprehensive knowledge of this area – makes us the perfect choice when it comes to fire protection. Our services are available to all kinds of different clients; here are some examples of the premises we can protect from fire:
  • Homes
  • Shops
  • Offices
  • Schools and universities
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Public spaces/buildings
Whether from intruders or from fire, we want to help you keep your premises completely safe. We work hard to keep up with the latest fire detection technologies, and like our security systems, all IDS fire protection installations are monitored 24/7, giving you total peace of mind.

Click here for information about our fire protection options, or contact us now to request a quotation for your requirements.
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