In recent years, the technology behind commercial fire alarm systems has advanced significantly. At Tecserv UK, it’s our job to keep up-to-date with these crucial developments and make them available to our customers through the distributor agreements we have with most major manufacturers. Our aim is to ensure the safety of people, processes and property is protected.
A reliable commercial fire alarm system will detect fire signals, save lives and minimise costly damage to buildings and property. Current UK fire alarm regulations state that all business premises must have ‘an appropriate fire detection system’, however the type of fire alarm system that is right for your business will be determined as part of the fire risk assessment.
A fire risk assessment is a process that involves a competent individual carrying out a systematic evaluation of commercial premises to assess the risk of fire, the likelihood that a fire could break out, and the consequences should a fire occur.
From this inspection, they will produce a written a report which will include a recommendation for category of fire alarm that should be installed. This recommendation will be based on:
The technology available in this modern age is the best it’s ever been. There is a broader than ever range of cost-effective solutions to choose from in order to comply with the category of fire alarm that has been specified as appropriate for your business.
There are basic categories of fire alarm which are based on ‘property protection’ and ‘life protection’. 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 and the implementation of evacuation procedures that ensure people can exit the building and reach safety as quickly as possible.
This is why it is important to carry out a fire risk assessment on a regular basis to determine if any changes in your business operations or those of adjacent businesses have altered your fire risk profile.
Building structures and the operational activities that occur within them also influence the type of commercial fire alarm and smoke detectors that will be installed. Operations that involve chemicals and inflammable materials will fall under other legislation such as the ATEX directive and will require systems that have specialist fire detection and suppression features. In order to prevent too many false alarms, this may mean that rather than a ‘smoke’ detector, the devices installed that act as the fire detector are more likely to be a heat detector, which will be sensitive to changes in heat and gases such as carbon monoxide.
IT server rooms will also require greater protection in order to ensure important data is safeguarded. Buildings that have lots of open space or high ceilings are often protected with OSID systems that use infrared signals and camera’s as a means to detect the early signs of fire.
The installation, maintenance and servicing of all fire detection systems are BAFE SP 203, SSAIB and ISO accredited, as proof of our superior quality standards.
Our approach is very consultative and often involves visiting your site to conduct a no obligation site survey. From this, we gain an in-depth understanding of your fire detection needs, and are able to advise you on the fire detection equipment most suited to your needs. Factors we consider are location, day to day use and your available budget.
As well as installing systems Tecserv UK also offers a range of fire alarm maintenance packages.
A maintenance support package not only ensures you have access to immediate support in the event of a system malfunction, it will also help with compliance record keeping and avoid emergency call costs. During inspections we ensure that all component parts of the fire alarm system such as fire alarm control panel, manual call points, smoke alarms, flame detectors, alarm sounders, fire detection devices and all other equipment is checked and fully operational.
A well maintained fire alarm system will also minimise the occurrence of unwanted or false fire alarm activations and ensure the fire alarm only activates when there is a real fire.
Please note Tecserv UK only operate within the United Kingdom – any work outside of this region cannot be considered.