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When Is A Fire Alarm System Required?

A number of factors must be considered when choosing a fire alarm system.
A number of factors must be considered when choosing a fire alarm system.

A fire alarm system is an invaluable tool in the protection of lives and property. As such it is required by law in the majority of cases to have one installed on premises where people will be working or visiting, including offices, shops, hotels and public venues.

If there is any uncertainty over the requirement for a fire alarm system a number of factors should be considered.

These include:

  • fire safety legislation
  • local fire safety authorities
  • insurance companies
  • fire risk assessment

Fire Safety Legislation

When it comes to the safety of others the law is very strict. Failure to comply with relevant fire safety legislation could land you in very hot water – resulting in court proceedings, large fines and even imprisonment. It is advised that you consult the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. This requires anyone responsible for the premises, from employers to contractors, to carry out a fire risk assessment and maintain a fire management plan.

Your Local Fire Authority

If you are unsure about any aspect of your fire safety responsibilities you should consult your local fire authority. They want every property in their area to be as safe as possible so they will be happy to help and ensure you have all the advice and resources you need.

Fire Risk Assessment

By carrying out a thorough and detailed fire risk assessment you will be able to identify all the areas of protection needed – this may also include other safety measures such as emergency lighting. In many cases the type of fire alarm system and the specifics required can be ascertained solely through a fire risk assessment. It must be noted that this task must always be carried out by a competent person.

Your Insurance Company

Before you install any fire alarm system it is highly recommended that you consult your insurance company. They may have stipulations in your policy that require a certain type of fire alarm system or other special safety measures.

Discount Fire Supplies sells a range of fire alarm systems online, including conventional, 2-wire and addressable models.

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