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JB-EYE will undertake the design, installation, certification and continuous maintenance of your fire alarm for small and large installations alike. We are able to structure an annual certification and maintenance program which will help our clients comply with national and local government regulations and in addition includes cost efficient preventive maintenance.
Our clients are seen to be acting highly responsible with regards to the safety and welfare of their employees whilst keeping abreast of all revisions and modifications to the national and local fire codes and addressing their continually changing requirements.
How do fire alarm systems work?
All fire alarm systems work on the same basic principle. If someone operates a manual call point or a detection device is activated by smoke or heat then the alarm sounders are activated to alert people in the premises of a potential fire. A fire alarm system that incorporates remote signalling will also alert a remote monitoring station who can notify key holders and request fire brigade attendance.
What types of fire alarm system do JB-EYE offer?
What are your legal responsibilities?
Fire Regulation in England and Wales is governed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. In England and Wales, if you’re an employer, owner, landlord or occupier of business or other non-domestic premises, you’re responsible for fire safety and are known as the ‘responsible person’.
Shared premises: In shared premises it’s likely there’ll be more than one responsible person. You’ll need to coordinate your fire safety plans to make sure people on or around the premises are safe. For common or shared areas, the responsible person is the landlord, freeholder or managing agent.
As the ‘responsible person’ you must:
- carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises
- tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
- put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
- plan for an emergency
- provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training
If your business employs 5 or more people you must maintain a written fire risk assessment
Non-domestic premises are:
- all workplaces and commercial premises
- all premises the public have access to
- the common parts of multi-occupied residential buildings
What category of fire alarm system do I need?
The first decision to be made when considering a fire detection system is a simple choice of establishing the purpose of the system, that is whether it is for protecting the building, its contents and business continuity (Property Protection) or enhancing the safety of the occupants (Life Protection). British Standard BS 5839-1: 2017 categorises systems according to their purpose and the extent of protection to be afforded.
Manual (Category M)
If it is determined that there should be no automatic detection, a simple system comprising sounders and break glass call points alone might suffice. This type of system is described as a Category M system.
Clause 5 of the code divides systems that incorporate automatic fire detection into two main Categories, according to whether the objective is life safety (Category L) or property protection (Category P). The two Categories are then further sub-divided, according to the extent of coverage by automatic fire detection.
Life Protection (Category L)
This classification provides for the protection of life, that is the safety of the occupants. It caters for the detection of a fire, initiates an alarm of fire, and provides sufficient time for the occupants to escape from the building.
Category L5: The protected area and/or the location of detectors is designed to satisfy a specific fire safety objective. This may be defined in a fire engineering solution or from a fire risk assessment.
Category L4: Covers those parts of the escape routes comprising circulation areas and circulation spaces, such as corridors and airways.
Category L3: Covers escape routes and rooms opening onto escape routes (detectors may be situated adjacent to the door onto the escape route).
Category L2: Covers the areas protected by Category 3 system plus other areas where it is considered that there is a high fire hazard and/ or fire risk.
Category L1: Total coverage throughout the building.
Property Protection (Category P)
This classification provides for the protection of property and its contents. It caters for the automatic detection of a fire, initiates an alarm of fire, and results in summoning of the fire brigade (which may be by a means of automatic transmission of fire signals to an Alarm Receiving Centre).
Category P2: Covers areas of high fire hazard or high risk to property or business continuity from fire.
Category P1: Total coverage throughout the building.
JB EYE can offer individually tailored advice on the fire alarm system most suited to your requirements.
Why should you consider a monitored fire detection system?
Could your company survive a fire? or would it be one of the 54% of businesses which never recover?
Fire doesn’t discriminate. It hits anything from hospitals to retail outlets, factories to schools, residential or industrial. Everyone is at risk. There are ways of protecting yourself and your property.
Your property contains irreplaceable data, sales and purchase ledgers, accounts, customer details, tools and machinery. The building’s electric’s are strained. Eventually they submit and it’s here your nightmare begins. At first it’s just a cable but soon the flames take hold and begin to spread. Smoke is about to trigger your alarm.