Wireless Fire Detection & Alarm Systems
The installation of a BS5839 Part 1 L5 compliant fire detection system can save housing associations hundreds of thousands of pounds. These systems are faster and more effective at alerting residents to a fire than a Walking Watch.
As well as high rise residential and commercial buildings, wireless fire alarm systems are also ideal where aesthetics are important, such as high-end retail outlets or businesses which would otherwise suffer disruption if they had to shut off areas of the building.
Historic or listed buildings, or buildings that are likely to be renovated or extended in the near future are all well suited for a wireless fire alarm.
Regardless of the fire safety requirements you have, our team of experts can supply and install a well-designed system that you can rely on the event of an emergency!
For more information, a site survey for free quotation, call today on 0208 712 5232
Save up to 82% by switching from a Waking Watch to a Fire Alarm System
Understanding regulations for buildings with flammable cladding.
High-rise residential buildings with combustible materials in the external wall system (EWS1) require the introduction of temporary fire safety measures until the cladding is removed.
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) recommends a 24/7 Waking Watch or the installation of a common fire alarm system.
Installing a fire alarm system to replace a Waking Watch can pay for itself in just 3 to 6 months
As an outcome of the Grenfell Inquiry, strong recommendations were provided for ‘all high-rise residential buildings to be equipped with the means for fire and rescue services to send an evacuation signal to the whole, or a selected part, of the building by means of sounders or similar devices’.
Depending on the long term strategy for the building, once the remedial works are complete and the Stay Put policy is restored, the BS5839 Part 1 fire alarm system can be converted to a BS8629 Evacuation Alert system. This should be considered at the fire alarm system design stage to ensure the ease and cost effective conversion of the system in the future.
The UK Government announced (17 December 2020) a £30m funding scheme to support the costs associated with buying and installing fire alarm systems, as a cost-effective alternative to the waking watch patrols that are enforced in many high rise residential buildings.
The new Waking Watch Relief Fund will pay for the installation of fire alarm systems in high-rise buildings with cladding, removing or reducing the need for costly interim safety measures such as ‘waking watch’.
The National Fire Chiefs Council have been clear in recent guidance that building owners should move to install common fire alarm systems as quickly as possible to reduce or remove dependence on waking watches.
The steps today will help worried leaseholders who may have faced high costs for interim safety measures by providing financial support and delivering a better, long term fire safety system in their buildings.
Who Needs a Fire Alarm?
The 2017 Grenfell tragedy brought to light multiple fire safety issues in residential high-rise buildings. From December 2018, in line with Government Advice note 14, all buildings over 18m had to be assessed for combustible material in their external walls.
The NFCC advises:
Due to the risk of rapid fire spread from external wall systems or other identified building defects, Stay Put must be temporarily replaced by a simultaneous evacuation strategy until the building has been remediated.
Temporary protection measures must be introduced to ensure the safety of residents; either a 24/7 Waking Watch or a common Fire Detection & Alarm system designed to BS5839 Part 1 category L5 specification
Wireless Fire Alarm Installation
All measures rely on the decision made by a responsible person in conjunction with competent person, determined by the fire risk assessment process. The key purpose of temporary protection measures is:
early detection of a fire and warning of building occupants
management of the evacuation.
If the cladding removal is expected to take more than 12 months:
“…the NFCC strongly recommends installation of a common fire alarm system as a more reliable and cost-effective way to maintain a sufficient level of early detection than a Waking Watch.”
We strongly recommend considering a wireless fire alarm system. They are as reliable as a wired system and are particularly well suited to older buildings where running cables would be difficult and unsightly. Installation can be quicker and cause far less nuisance to residents.
Compliant Fire Alarm Systems
All or the wireless fire alarm systems we recommend and install comply with NFCC guidance and can also be adapted to supplement the Stay Put Policy after the dangerous cladding is removed. Need Cladding Removed?
These systems are also well suited to commercial and construction site applications when quick installation or temporary fire safety measures are required.
Ask us about commercial wireless fire alarm systems or wireless fire alarm systems for construction sites and our team can advise which systems would work best for your individual requirements.
The benefits of wireless fire alarm systems:
- Quick to install and can be fitted with minimum disruption to your business
- No need to shut down areas of the building for the installation to take place
- No ugly cables or damage to your walls
- Can be easily installed in buildings where there is limited access.
- Layout is easily modified if something in your building changes
- Will still work even if the power goes out as they are battery operated
- Can be used as a temporary system in locations
- Can be used to extend existing wired systems
Talk to us: We would love to hear from you, whether you need some advice on your fire safety requirements or existing equipment tested, serviced or replaced, business security or home automation our team are always on hand to help.
- Tel: 0208 712 5232
- Find us: Unit 2 Michael Manley Industrial Estate, Clyston Street, London, SW8 4TU
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