types of commercial fire alarms

As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your business is kept safe and secure by following all of the required laws and regulations regarding fire safety. 

Now, we understand that this is not an easy thing to do. With so much legal stuff to keep on top of, ensuring everything you do is 'by the book' can be a struggle, especially when it comes to health and safety and the various laws that come with it.

One of the most important areas in health and safety that can't be overlooked, however, is fire safety. Negligence here can lead to some very serious problems such as property damage and even death. So, it's extremely important that as a business owner, you ensure that your commercial fire alarms and fire safety measures are up to scratch.

To make things a little easier for you, IDS Security Systems is here to guide you through the requirements of your business fire alarm!


Types of Commercial Fire Alarm 

Before knowing what the requirements for your commercial fire alarm are, let's take a look at the different types of fire alarms that you could have on your premises. 

  • Conventional fire alarms - These type of fire alarms divides your premises into broads zones and in the event of a fire, the alarm identifies the zone. Conventional fire alarms are most suitable for small or low-risk environments.
  • Addressable fire alarms - Each one of these alarms has its own unique electronic address, when if activated, will alert you to the precise location of the fire. These alarms are most suited to larger or higher-risk environments such as hospitals and schools.
  • Wireless fire alarms - These fire alarms use a secure wireless link between the sensors and the fire alarm panel and work in a similar fashion to addressable systems, just without the wires. These are most suitable for buildings that prefer no cables such as historic buildings.


Business Fire Alarm Requirements

Regardless of the type of fire alarm that you have installed at your commercial premises, it will be subject to particular requirements. 

These are the following:

1. Fires need to be easily detected - The first requirement of your fire alarm is that it can easily detect fires. If you operate a business that has high-risk activities such as cooking, you need to make sure your alarms are located where they can quickly respond to any fire detected.

2. Fire alarms need to be checked regularly - The second requirement is that your commercial fire alarm system gets checked regularly. The national fire alarm regulations state that business owners must visually inspect their alarms for any defects on a daily basis to ensure everything is in full working order to be able to detect a fire if one ever occurred.

3. Fire alarms need to be regularly serviced - The final requirement for your commercial fire alarm is that it is regularly serviced. This ensures that your system is adequately maintained and that it is able to deliver when needed. Service on your alarm needs to be conducted by a competent and qualified professional at least once a year where a record of the service is kept.


Our Commercial Fire Alarm Systems 

Now that you're aware of the requirements surrounding your business fire alarm, you are able to determine whether or not your alarm is up to standard or whether it needs to be replaced. If it does need replacing, IDS Security Systems provide quality and responsive fire alarm systems that ensure your commercial premises are protected at all times. 

Learn more about our range of fire alarms for businesses below. 

Our Commercial Fire Alarm Systems >


We hope this blog has helped you to understand a little bit better the requirements around your commercial fire alarm. If you would like more information about the requirements or the fire alarms that we offer, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team today.

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