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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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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.

 

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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.

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There has been a rise in interest in the installation of wireless alarm systems, particularly with the increased demand for smart home devices. This is because wireless alarm systems are more convenient and have many advantages over their wired counterparts. Some of the benefits of a wireless alarm system are:

  • They are easier to install - Installing a wireless alarm system eliminates the need to damage existing walls and floors to install cables
  • They are more resistant to damage - Removing cables and connections limits the amount of hardware that can be tampered with or damaged over time
  • They can be relocated - If you decide to reposition your alarm system, or if you move house, the wireless alarm system can be un-installed and relocated with ease
  • They can be controlled and monitored remotely - from a smartphone, remote control or another wireless device

Installing a wireless alarm system might seem like a simple task, but getting professional help is always advised for the following reasons:

1. Your wireless alarm system might be defective. If you don't have the skills or knowledge to correctly test or identify issues with the alarm system then you might not be aware of the fault until it's too late.

2. Installing the sensors and detectors in the right places is difficult. Installing them in the wrong places can compromise your safety and security, it isn't as simple as just putting on a sensor in each room and hoping for the best. The sensors and detectors need to be placed strategically to work as they should.

3. You have nobody liable for maintaining the wireless alarm system except yourself. Even if you manage to install a wireless alarm system yourself, maintaining it and identifying issues later down the line might be tricky.

At IDS we offer wireless fire and intruder alarm systems that can be installed just about anywhere. We have in-house specialists who you can talk to over the phone to establish the perfect kind of wireless alarm system for your requirements. We can design, install and maintain whichever wireless alarm system you choose, making the process incredibly easy and dramatically reducing the likelihood of an accidental safety or security breach due to poor installation. Our maintenance contracts provide you with 24/7 knowledge that your wireless alarm system is being monitored and will continue to function as it should for years to come. 

To enquire about our wireless alarm systems, please get in contact with one of our specialists by calling 029 20 753 251, or fill out an enquiry form and we will be in touch ASAP. Simply click the button below to do so:

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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

Business Fire Alarm Systems

Do you have a fire alarm system in your business? If not, it is important that you know the employer is responsible for the safety of their employees when it comes to fire. It is very important each business has a suitable fire alarm system in place to ensure all possible safety precautions are taken. 

Under the UK fire alarm regulations, it is stated that all business premises must have an appropriate fire detection system. However, in premises which are small enough for everyone to see a fire instantly, it may not be necessary. Be sure to take make a fire risk assessment prior to deciding whether or not you should have a fire alarm.

After your fire risk assessment, if you think your business does need a fire alarm system - here's a look at just a few which may be suitable for your business. 

  • Conventional Fire Alarms

Conventional business fire alarms will identify the zone the fire is in by dividing your premises into different areas. This type of fire alarm system is best for smaller businesses that are at a low risk of fire hazards. 

  • Wireless Fire Alarms

This type of wireless fire alarm works using a link between the fire alarm panel and the sensors. This works best for businesses which do not want a lot of wires/cables hanging around. 

  • Addressable Fire Alarms

Addressable Fire Alarms are best suited to larger workplaces which may be at a higher risk of fire. If one of the panels installed with an addressable fire alarm system activates, you will be able to see exactly where the fire is. 

Here at IDS Security, we install all three different types of business Fire Alarm Systems - and have done so for over 20 years! We are experts in this field, so if you would like to find out more, contact us here

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