A key component of any fire risk management strategy is an effective alarm system that provides the earliest means of warning in the event of a fire. Fire alarms and detection systems can be designed to three categories: protecting properties, protecting lives or simply a manual alarm.
Fire Alarm & Detection System Design
The type of alarm and detection system required will depend upon the nature of the business, the physical evidence of the site and the perceived fire risk.
Early automatic fire detection plays a crucial role in the containment of fire. There is no ‘one size fits all’ detector. By taking the time to get to know your business and having a thorough understanding of all activities carried out on site, we can tailor a solution that provides optimal value and which may even encompass a variety of the following detection types:
- Smoke detectors;
- Heat detectors;
- Multi-sensor detectors;
- Optical beam sensor detection;
- Linear heat cable detection.
The type of fire alarm system we would recommend – conventional or addressable – depends upon the size and complexity of your premises. A conventional system is split into fire zones and when the alarm is activated it would alert you to which zone the fire has been detected but would not pinpoint exactly which detector has been activated. For larger sites this is problematic as valuable time could be spent analysing zones, and for this reason we would recommend addressable fire detection systems.
Out-Of-Office Alarm Response
When a premises is unoccupied outside of working hours, the risk of a fire still remains. To manage this risk we offer 24/7 monitoring through GBSG Pulse®, our unique alarm monitoring solution. This means that when the alarm is activated a signal is sent to our Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), so even when no one is on site, we are there to respond promptly, notifying the fire service and designated key holder.
System Integration with Building Equipment
In the event of an incident, we can configure our fire alarm systems to speak to building management systems, controlling equipment such as lifts and air conditioning. We can also integrate design with security provisions, including access control and CCTV. For example, should an alarm be activated we can configure the system so that the access control system is overridden allowing automatic opening of any doors. In addition, we can set up a remote connection to an onsite CCTV system to determine the cause of activation and to check the site.