Fire alarm systems prevent fires: an obvious thing to say. So obvious it might make you laugh. But with 261 fire-related fatalities occurring in the UK between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, we can never stress too highly the importance of having an effective and regularly maintained alarm system in place.
Here at H.R. Fire & Safety Ltd, based in Leeds, we have over 40 years’ worth of experience supplying, installing and repairing a wide range of commercial fire alarm systems. Not only are they comprehensive in their function – designed as they are to detect the very first signs of fire, then raise the alarm effectively to help ensure a smooth evacuation – our systems are also specific, thus able to suit your precise needs.
We need to outline the various components that comprise an alarm system. Generally speaking, there are four: the detectors; the sounders; the call points and the control panel.
Detectors: these are devices that detect smoke, heat, or carbon monoxide as a precursor to fire. In a household setting, they are commonly known as smoke detectors and emit an alarm and/or visual alarm. As part of a commercial fire alarm system, meanwhile, they alert the control panel.
Sounders : these tend to be either motorized bells or sirens of varying frequencies, although they can also be speaker strobes which sound an alarm, followed by a voice evacuation message.
Call points : these are probably the most familiar or noticeable devices – which is entirely the point since they’re supposed to be triggered by physical interaction i.e. by someone breaking the glass or pulling a lever.
Control panel : this is the hub of the system. It monitors inputs and system integrity, controls outputs and relays information. It will be possible to link multiple alarms to the control panel, which will have a keypad or key with which to set the alarm. Conventional panels blend seamlessly into any room and are user-friendly.
Of course, integrated electronic systems such as these may not necessarily be the best solution, in which case we also stock a wide array of manual fire alarms. These include howlers and klaxons, which are self-contained and thus ideal for semi-permanent use on, say, building sites, within temporary accommodation or if your main system is under maintenance.
But while you would be right in thinking that fitting a bespoke fire alarm system will drastically cut the risk of fire on your property, installation is only part of the equation: for absolute peace of mind, regular maintenance is recommended. H.R. Fire & Safety’s team of engineers provide service cover to BS5839 standards and have the expertise that enables them to repair most fire alarm systems, regardless of who installed them originally.
As befits our four-decades-and-counting of experience, we offer holistic, thoughtful advice to our customers – as well as a free site assessment , which includes a full system audit as well as fire safety recommendations. And if you opt for one of our alarm systems, why not complete your fire prevention package with fire safety signs, fire hose reels and fire blankets?
There is no doubt whatsoever that fire alarms are an essential investment and can make all the difference in the world when it comes to both safety and property protection. Which is why both need to be entrusted to a company that understands the responsibilities it faces, all the while offering the best products and advice tailored specifically to your needs – and delivered with a level of customer service that we constantly strive to enhance.
So stay one step ahead with a top-of-the-range fire alarm system from H.R. Fire & Safety. To discuss in more detail call us on 0113 208 9960, email us at email@example.com, or fill in the form to request a survey.