Fire alarm systems have a number of devices working together to quickly detect and warn people when a fire or smoke is present. They are essential for protecting your building, your people and for notifying the emergency services. The type of fire alarm system and fire detection technology for a building is determined by application and building regulations.
Ace is a BAFE certified, NSI Gold fire protection and fire suppression and Gold Constructionline specialist. Designing, installing, maintaining and monitoring fire alarms and related life safety systems, we operate to BAFE SP203-1 and BS 5839, ensuring that fire alarm systems are tailored to the fire risk assessment and meet all mandatory compliance needs.
Service Level Agreements are supported by a 24/7 manned Service Desk and a 24/7/365 Monitoring Receiving Centre option.
Call points and detectors are wired to a fire control panel in zones. The system helps identify the source of the fire and uses sounder circuits (bells, electronic sounders and audible devices). Suited to small / lower risk environments.
Similar to a conventional system but the control panel can determine exactly which detector or call point has initiated the alarm. Suited to schools, care homes, hospitals, offices.
Each detector is a kind of small computer that can detect and communicate a fire, false alarm or if cleaning is required. Loop sounders, relay modules and sounder modules may be connected. 2,4 or 8 loop versions cater for larger buildings and can be monitored from a single panel.
An alternative to traditional wired fire alarm systems, they use a secure, licence-free radio communication to interconnect sensors and devices with a controller. No cables are required. Suited to churches and historic buildings.
There are many types of alarm sounders – dome bells, bells, electronic solid state, small sirens, sirens and horns. They have mono or multiple tone outputs and can range from 300-1,700 Hz and 0.17KW to 11KW.
Life protection and system design requirements can be divided into L1-L5 categories:
L1 – requires Automatic Fire Detection (AFD) to be installed throughout a building.
L2 – requires AFD as defined in L3 as well as high risk or hazardous areas (kitchens, boilers etc)
L3 – requires AFD with smoke detection to be installed within escape routes and rooms leading to escape routes
L4 – requires AFD within escape routes only.
L5 – requires specific fire detection and alarm equipment to deal with a specific identified risk (could be a waypoint or route in / out of a building)
Must be undertaken by a person or organisation deemed competent.