The standards as set out within the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, otherwise known as the RRO, means that the type and grade of commercial fire alarm that must be installed in a commercial building is not open to choice.
It is a legal requirement that any commercial building in which more than five people work must have a working fire alarm. The type and grade of fire alarm is determined during an inspection of the building which is called a fire risk assessment. Usually, this assessment is carried out by a competent individual with formal qualifications.
Having carried out a thorough assessment of fire risk, the assessor will then recommend the type and grade of commercial fire alarm based on factors such as:
There are different categories of protection as specified within BS 5839-1:2017. This is the British standard for fire alarm installation. The Tecserv UK website and our basic guide to fire alarms provides a detailed explanation of the different types of fire alarm. We have outlined below the different types of category of fire alarm which can be classified as follows:
The objective of this category is to sound an alert that summons the fire brigade in the early stages of a fire.
The objective of this category is to protect people from loss of life or injury.
By ensuring that you have carried out a fire risk assessment that is an accurate reflection of current business operations, ensuring the right category of fire alarm is installed, and regularly maintained you will minimise fire risk and help to protect people, processes and property.
Tecserv UK is a BAFE accredited fire safety company and trusted to install, maintain and monitor fire alarm systems by a wide range of leading brands and smaller owner managed businesses across the UK. If you would like help or advice please get in touch.
Mark has spent his working career in the fire alarm industry, in which he is highly respected by his colleagues and competitors alike. Mark often provides technical support to other fire alarm companies and even alarm equipment manufacturers. He also uses his experience to train engineering personnel.