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In recent years, fire safety has become an increasingly important concept. Following the Grenfell tragedy in 2017 in particular, the government has stepped up fire safety regulations and begun cracking down on those who aren’t complying.

One of the most important aspects of compliance is the installation of a fire alarm system. Aside from complying with the law, it gives your building and anyone occupying it a level of protection from the risks a fire can pose.

But know exactly which fire alarmsEssex are best for you isn’t easy, and in most cases a professional is needed to install the system. Detek Fire & Security Services are experts at all aspects of a fire alarm system.

So if you need help finding and installing the perfect fire alarm system for you, why not get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.

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    What is a fire alarm system?

    A fire alarm system is a security system that alerts you to the presence of a fire within your property. While systems can vary in how many alarms there are and their appearance, they all carry out the same function.

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    Depending on the layout and characteristics of your property, you’ll have one of three fire alarm panels installed:

    • Conventional (Four Wire) – the oldest type of panel available, it’s now generally used in smaller buildings, since it’s better suited to systems which require less alarms. Is generally the cheapest, but has higher installation costs. It can split the system into 2, 4 or 8 zones, allowing you to quickly detect where a fire is
    • Two Wire – Suitable for small to medium sized, it’s more expensive than the conventional alarm system but cheaper and quicker to install. It can also split the system into 2, 4, or 8 zones, each able to support 32 alarms.
    • Addressable – the most advanced and modern fire alarm panel available, it’s much better for identifying exactly where a fire is, and so is better suited for more complex or larger buildings.

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    How do I install a fire alarm system?

    Firstly, you need to decide if you need a fire alarm system or not. Whether or not a fire alarm system is necessary, and if so what kind, is an answer that needs to be answered in your fire risk assessment.

    If it’s decided that you do need a fire alarm system, you’ll then need to hire a professional. Installing a fire alarm system from scratch is a difficult process, and only someone with the requisite training and experience is legally allowed to install one.

    Once the system has been installed though, you can of course change smoke detectors and take on similar small jobs yourself when necessary.

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    Why do I need fire alarms?

    While fire alarms may seem like a large cost that you’d rather avoid, there are several reasons not to do so. These include:

    • They save lives by alerting people to the presence of a fire.
    • They can quickly identify the presence of a fire and can help you locate where it is, giving you or firefighters a better chance of tackling it before it gets out of control.
    • It’s the law for virtually all buildings to have a fire alarm system installed, with the exception of individual privately owned properties, such as a flat or house.

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    FAQs

    What’s the penalty for not having fire alarms?

    Not meeting any of the fire safety regulations can have consequences. Your first penalty is likely to be either an alteration notice, an enforcement notice, or a prohibition notice, with each getting progressively more serious. If you still don’t make the required changes after receiving a notice, you could face hefty fines, and even imprisonment of up to two years.

    How much does it cost to install fire alarm system UK?

    Installation costs will vary depending on the type of system you’re installing, and how many devices you have. However, you can expect to pay anywhere between £40 and £275 per device, so the price can vary massively.

    Providing the perfect fire alarm system

    Finding the perfect system for you requires some careful planning. From assessing the risks identified in your fire risk assessment to considering your budget, there’s a lot of factors to take into consideration.

    Detek Fire & Safety Services are experts at helping you find the fire alarm system that will meet your needs perfectly. Plus, once we’ve done that, we can provide our hassle free installation service that will have your system up and running in no time.

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    So why choose Detek Fire & Safety Services? Choose us because of our:

    • Experience – we’ve helped a number of businesses meet all manner of fire and security requirements.
    • Great customer service – we know there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” kind of service, which is why we listen to what exactly you need, before we tell you how we can meet those needs.
    • Competitive prices – we believe in providing value for money, which is why you’ll find all of our prices hard to match.

    If you need help with your fire alarm system, or any other aspect of meeting fire regulation, then get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.