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EN54-23 – The Pocket Guide

Download Our Guide To EN54-23 Visual Alarm Devices (VADs)

Download Our Guide To EN54-23 Visual Alarm Devices (VADs)

What is EN54-23, and how does it affect you?

There’s new legislation on Visual Alarm Devices (VADs) and they’re causing a bit of confusion amongst installers. We’d like to help you to understand it, and make sure you’re up to date with the new European Standard. The standard specifies the minimum requirements for VADs, providing performance criteria and test methods in a uniform and consistent way. This provides manufacturers a mechanism to specify VAD device performance, allowing system designers to choose the most appropriate device for a particular application.

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Fire Alarm Checklist

Fire Alarm Checklist

Have you forgotten anything?

“Have I forgotten anything?”

We are regularly asked this question when quoting a fire alarm system so it is about time we wrote this article covering what we consider to be the main items overlooked.

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Introducing Our New Range of Security Equipment

Discount Fire Supplies - Security Equipment

Security Equipment from Discount Fire Supplies

We have recently added a range of security equipment to our website here at Discount Fire Supplies. Security equipment and Fire Safety equipment all play an important part in protecting our homes and businesses, therefore we want to make Discount Fire Supplies your one-stop-shop for all your safety needs.

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Fire Safety Signs

Fire Signs

Fire Signs

It is a legal requirement of a business owner or employer to ensure that sufficient signage is provided where there is a significant risk to health and safety. Safety signs regulations standardise safety signs throughout the EU so that wherever a particular safety sign is given, it portrays the same message. This is to ensure that workers moving from site to site will not be faced with different signs. A large proportion of the safety signs regulations relate to fire signs and in particular to Means of Escape, Fire Action Notices and Fire ID signage which all endorse the relevant parts of British Standard BS 5499. Other requirements for a building’s signage may also be laid out in its Fire Certificate or Fire Risk Assessment.

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P50 Service Free Fire Extinguishers

P50 Service Free Fire Extinguishers

P50 Service Free Fire Extinguishers

Discount Fire Supplies have recently added a range of service free fire extinguishers from Britannia. The P50 service free extinguishers are built using design technology pioneered by the motor racing, defence aircraft and aerospace industries. They can be maintained by staff members using a simple two-step programme and only require discharge testing and refilling after ten years.

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The SpeechPOD Voice Warning System

SpeechPOD SD Evolution Voice Warning System

SpeechPOD SD Evolution Voice Warning System

SpeechPOD SD Evolution Voice Warning System is an innovative new product which plays an audible message when the built in PIR sensor detects a person approaching. SpeechPOD has a wide range of applications for a number of businesses helping them to comply with health and safety laws and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

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Wireless Survey Competition Winner

And the winners are...

And the winners are…

With wireless technology becoming more advanced, more reliable and able to provide a viable solution for almost any fire alarm system, we put together a short survey to help us to identify any concerns that installers, distributors and end users may have.

As a thank you for taking the time to complete the survey everyone that has taken part has been entered into our prize draw to win one of 3 prizes. Additionally anyone who also followed us on Google+ has been entered into the draw a second time!

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Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

It has recently been confirmed that a couple found dead on Boxing Day 2013 died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a portable generator.

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The Rise of Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Simplicity Addressable Fire Alarm System

Simplicity Addressable Fire Alarm System

Since the introduction of conventional fire alarms we have had a number of advancements within the fire industry such as addressable and, more recently, wireless systems. Conventional systems offer basic alarm indication by displaying the event of a fire as a zonal LED on the front of the panel which corresponds to the fire’s location. Parameters of a maximum of 2,000 square metres per zone were set according to the British BS5839 standard so there was a limited area in which the fire could be located.

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Integrating CO Alarms Into a Fire Alarm System

Zeta CO-200 CO Alarm

Zeta CO-200 Carbon Monoxide Alarm

The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning are very well known and fortunately the number of people taking adequate precautions, including the installation of CO alarms, is rising. This being considered the vast majority of alarms are standalone, battery operated alarms with the warning being limited to their integrated sounder.

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