The category of fire alarm that should be installed in a commercial property will be determined by the recommendations outlined in the fire risk assessment which will consider the type of commercial building. The fire risk assessment and the standards set out in Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, otherwise known as the RRO will determine the category of fire alarm system.
Types of commercial building
In its widest possible context, a commercial building is any registered property used to conduct business and create a profit for the owners or managers of the building. An alternative way to frame the definition is to state that a commercial building is any non-residential premises. More precisely commercial buildings include, but are not limited to:
Irrespective of the size or type of business, there are strict fire alarm installation requirements for commercial buildings as specified in the fire risk assessment. Each system is designed to fulfil the category as specified in the fire risk assessment which will consider business operations and the design of the building.
In addition, such regulations will require adequate evacuation procedures, which are obviously going to become more complex as the number of employees increases. Fire alarms systems are an integral part of any company’s health and safety policy.
Fire Alarm Categories
Fire alarm categories are determined according to the requirement for life protection and property protection.
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.
Types of Commercial Fire Alarm
All commercial businesses that employ over five people, must by law have a fire alarm system installed.
Having established the category of fire alarm to be installed, the following are the most common options of commercial fire alarm.
Whichever category of fire alarm is specified, its basic purpose is to detect the signals that a fire may be present and set off audible and visual warnings to prompt a response from the emergency services.
This will also prompt the implementation of evacuation procedures that ensure people can exit the building and reach safety as quickly as possible.
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