Where a fire alarm system is required both hardwired and wireless systems are fully compliant so the decision rests with the property owner, responsible person and/or installer. Many considerations should be taken into account when deciding which type of system is most suitable and we are often asked to help outline the pros and cons of each option.
We have compiled this guide which identifies the key decision factors and provides our assessment of how wired vs wireless systems stack up against each other for each.
As we start to emerge from lockdown it feels like the fire industry is re-establishing itself. Thankfully there is an air of optimism amongst our customers and we are more determined than ever to offer the very best levels of support we can to continue this progress.
We have seen many manufacturers and distributors diversify their ranges to include the obvious PPE equipment namely masks and various sanitising solutions. However what has caught our eye is a number interesting, innovative solutions to complement these. We are proud to have incorporated many of these into our offering and below are some highlights.
The Infinity ID2 is an addressable 2 wire fire alarm system. The panel comes in either 2, 4 or 8 zone versions and can be wired in either radials or in a single loop configuration. Each zone can have upto 15 devices.
The ID2 has seen great success since its launch, with thousands of systems installed to date. Unlike the majority of alternative 2-wire systems the ID2 distinguishes itself with many key features only available with the ID2.
We recently supplied and supported a complete fire detection system which was installed by our partners MJB Electrical in the exclusive West London nightclub Raffles. We have completed many similar project for various bars, pubs and nightclubs throughout the UK which has lead us to writing this article highlighting some of factors to consider and our preferred solution.
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.
How the Infinity ID2 can help you to utilise existing components of a previously installed fire alarm system
We regularly encounter customers looking for a ﬁre alarm solution which would allow them to utilise some aspect of a previously installed system. There are a multitude of reasons why a previous system might require an upgrade including the age of the system, the availability of support, property change of use and many others. It makes perfect sense that if you are able to make use of equipment already in place then there will most likely be large reductions in cost.
Product warranties don’t just give you peace of mind as a customer, they also speak volumes for the quality & robustness of a product and the faith the manufacturer has in it. It is therefore very welcome news that Fike has extended the standard warranty on the complete Twinflex Pro range from 12 to 24 months and we will, of course, be passing this onto our customers.
In order to achieve maximum benefit from a fire detection system in the event of genuine fire activation, the fire services need to attend as quickly as possible. In many cases this is carried out satisfactorily by the occupants dialling 999. However, an automatic signalling system is likely to be of benefit if the size/complexity of the building or low level of occupancy may result in significant delay between discovering a fire and notifying the fire and rescue services.
How do we decide if flats and apartments need fire alarm systems? This is quite a complicated question and the answer varies according to which type of accommodation it may be, i.e. houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) or self-contained dwellings (flats or apartments), and of course on any specific risks and the number of storeys.
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