Fire Alarm Installation
Whilst the primary purpose of the law relating to commercial fire alarm installation is simple – to ensure the early detection of fire and protection of life – the precise nature of the legal requirements, and what they mean for your business, can appear anything but straightforward.
We have decades of experience in fire alarm installation, along with all other aspects of fire safety, including design, maintenance and monitoring. We pride ourselves on our professional yet friendly approach and strive to take the stress out of fire alarm installation by providing legally compliant, efficient installation of the very best commercial fire alarm systems at a competitive price.
What Are The Legal Requirements Relating To Fire Alarm Installation?
The legal framework governing commercial fire alarm installation in commercial premises is primarily set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.which stipulates that The responsible person must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the general fire precautions he needs to take to comply with must have a fire risk assessment carried out
If the site is deemed to require a fire alarm system, then further guidance of a more practical nature is provided by British Standards BS 5839. These regulations and guidelines apply not only to business premises but also to Houses of Multiple Occupancy (sometimes referred to as HMOs), meaning that landlords must also adhere to them.
Businesses and landlords are legally obliged to ensure that their fire alarm installation is carried out by a ‘competent’ person. Unfortunately, the law does not provide an exhaustive list of the types of people it will deem ‘competent’ in this context. It is, however, generally accepted that to be competent, a fire alarm system installer should possess –
• Up-to-date and current relevant training and experience in fire safety.
• Good knowledge of the legal requirements that govern commercial fire safety.
• Familiarity with the various different categories and types of fire alarm systems, and the ability to identify the system most appropriate to the specific premises.
• The level of skill required to install the system correctly and in the appropriate places.
Once your fire alarm system installation is complete, you must maintain and service your system regularly to ensure it continues to work as it should. The law provides guidance on the types and frequency of the relevant service and maintenance testing, but many business owners elect to install continuous fire alarm monitoring for optimum protection. Continuous fire alarm monitoring is the ‘gold standard’ in fire safety, linking your system to a monitoring centre that will be on hand to take immediate action in the event of a fire. Monitoring of this type ensures that your premises are fully protected, 365 days a year, and provides peace of mind that a fire will be quickly detected and dealt with even when nobody is onsite.
Where Can I Find Legally Compliant Fire Alarm Installers Near Me?
The easiest and most straightforward way to ensure that your fire alarm system installer meets the legal requirement of competence is to employ a professional fire safety company accredited by the relevant professional body.
We are accredited by BAFE, the independent body for certificated fire safety organisations in the UK. As BAFE-certified professionals, each and every one of our fire alarm system installers meets the highest quality standards and adheres to the best working practices in the fire safety industry.
Where Can I Find Companies Specialising In Fire Alarm Installation Near Me?
As a long-established and trusted fire safety company with over 35 years of experience, we specialise in providing high-quality, effective fire alarm installation to businesses of every size throughout Bristol, the South West and beyond. Our services, however, extend beyond installation; we provide a complete commercial fire safety service from design through to installation, maintenance and 24-hour monitoring.
Our team of fire safety experts are proud to have worked on high-profile projects such as Bristol Port and the Hinckley Nuclear Plant, but we are equally as proud to provide fire safety support to smaller, local businesses ranging from farms to veterinary surgeries. We have a thorough understanding of the different types of fire alarm systems, and understand that the needs of smaller, low-risk premises will differ from those of larger premises, or those which hold hazardous materials on site.
We will comprehensively assess the nature of your business and premises and provide a fire alarm system which meets your needs and complies with all applicable regulations and guidelines. Your fire alarm system installer will be a highly trained, competent professional with vast experience in fire alarm installation. You can be confident that the fire alarm system we supply will be legally compliant, tailored to your individual requirements and properly installed to the very highest industry standards. Most importantly, it will provide the optimum levels of life protection for your most valuable asset – your people.
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They are open and informative at every stage of the install and their engineers are dedicated and very professional. The work was completed in a timely manner and to a very high standard.
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Anna Swift – Manager
The Bristolian Cafe
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