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Fire & Smoke

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states it is a legal requirement for all commercial premises to have adequate fire detection and warning systems in place. This also applies if you’re a landlord, have paying guests such as a bed and breakfast, guesthouse or let a self-catering property.

Less than 80% of businesses are able to continue trading immediately after a fire.  So not only do they have the devastation of a fire to contend with, employees could potentially lose their jobs, customers could go elsewhere and the company may struggle to survive in the long term.

Red Alert is a BAFE approved company. All alarms and smoke detectors are designed, installed and maintained to the current British Standard (BS5839). Our Security surveyors are fully-trained to advise owners of offices, retail outlets, industrial sites and domestic premises on their legal obligations in terms of fire alarms, smoke detection, fire extinguishers and signage.      

Fire Alarms

Red Alert offer two different alarm installations:

  • Hardwired Fire Alarm Systems– (connected by cables to  the main control system and power supply)
  • Radio Fire Alarm Systems – (similar to a wireless computer network system, the detectors are powered by battery)

Where installation of a hard-wired system may be difficult or too disruptive, we recommend a Radio Fire Alarm System.  As well as being quicker to install, there will be minimal damage to interior walls or décor. This is a particular requirement in public buildings, theatres, historic buildings, listed properties and private homes.

Alarms can either be installed stand-alone, which sounds alarms throughout the premises to notify people to evacuate the building and call fire & rescue.

The other type of alarm is a monitored system, which immediately notifies the nominated key holder and the fire and rescue service (via our monitoring control centre), as well as sounding the alarm on the premises.  If you are installing a system in a high risk property such as a timber framed, historic or commercial property, it is likely your insurer will insist on a monitored system. 

Smoke detection

The fire service is called out to over 600,000 fires every year, which tragically results in over 800 deaths. Although only 8% of all call-outs are to domestic properties, over 62% of fire related deaths take place in house fires.  Put simply, you are 20 times more likely to die in a house fire than you would be in a fire at work.

The sad thing is many of these deaths could be prevented if a smoke alarm had been fitted – in fact the fire service states you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm than a house that does!

A smoke alarm could help save your home and the lives of you and your family.

Smoke and heat detectors in domestic premises’ are often designed as part of an intruder alarm system. If you already have an intruder alarm but no smoke detection, our engineers can add smoke or heat detectors in most cases.  In larger homes, our surveyors may advise the installation of a dedicated fire alarm system.

Fire Extinguishers & signage

As part of Red Alert fire alarm survey, our surveyors will advise on class type, supply and maintenance of fire extinguishers as well as signage throughout the property.

A Case Study 

Read our Godinton House case study to discover how we overcame a series of obstacles to find a solution to protect this listed building from risk of fire.

Call us on 01233 501999 to discuss your security needs with a member of the Red Alert team. As with all enquiries there is never any obligation to proceed any further than a simple discussion.