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What is a Fire Safety System

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  • 23-10-2020
What is a Fire Safety System

Fire Alarm System

A fire alarm system can be as basic or complex as required by the size of your building and fire action plans. At its core, a fire alarm serves the purpose of alerting the occupants of a building so they can evacuate the building in a safe and efficient manner.

Fire alarms can be triggered by manually, typically accomplished by breaking a specialised layer of glass and pressing a switch. For larger sites, you can additionally incorporate smoke and heat detectors, which automatically triggers the alarm when they detect sufficient levels of heat or smoke.

The system can also incorporate a number of first-response mechanisms, such as ceiling sprinklers and immediate alerts to emergency services. If required, it can additionally be connected to the security access system in the building to disable certain doors to allow for prompt evacuation.

What's included in a Fire Safety System?

Fire Extinguishers

Depending on the type of fire and the combustible involved (the object/s currently on fire), you need to use different fire extinguishers to douse the flames effectively. There are 5 main types of extinguishers, and they are colour coded and used as follows:

  • Water: used for solid combustibles such as wood, cloth, and paper. It's recognisable by white border lines around the body of the canister.
  • Foam: signified by the solid cream-coloured band, foam fire extinguishers are suitable for solid materials and liquid fires.
  • CO2: Carbon dioxide extinguishers are easily recognised by the bell-shaped applicator, and is specialised for electrical fires.
  • Dry Powder: suitable for gas, solid, and liquid fires, it's a versatile piece of kit which is represented by a blue band around the main body.
  • Wet Chemical: the only extinguisher suitable for fires which involve cooking fats and oils, this yellow-coloured fire extinguisher is often found in kitchens.

Fire Blanket

Fire blankets are often found in the kitchen as they can be used to put out small starting fires such as any cooking mishaps. They are designed to smother flame by cutting off the oxygen supply; they are typically made from glass wool and other fire-retardant material and can be used in conjunction with fire extinguishers for added safety.

Emergency Lighting

If the main power supply has been cut in an emergency, you may start to notice small lights in places you've never noticed before. Emergency lightings are battery-powered and are strategically located to provide a low level of illumination to assist in safe evacuation when the normal illumination fails.

Fire Safety Signage

We can't expect every person to remember the colour coding of the fire extinguisher types, especially not the moment of panic when a fire breaks out. Protec can supply a versatile range of relevant signage to help highlight escape routes and equipment instructions.

Wireless Fire Alarm Systems Maintenance, Servicing and Repair

It's important that your fire safety systems are serviced and inspected annually by certified fire officers; functioning fire alarms and safety equipment can mean the difference between life and death in case of an emergency. Protec offers an efficient and reliable maintenance contract, which means you have one less legal obligation to worry about.

All of our specialist fire safety engineers are fully-trained to install, test, service, and repair all current brands of fire alarms and safety equipment. We can additionally evaluate your current fire safety system and compare with your current needs, pinpointing areas of improvement to strengthen the protection for the building's occupants.

Protec are proud to work with some of the most recognisable names in the industry to offer only the highest-quality equipment for your maximum peace of mind. All equipment supplied by Protec are compliant with BS EN3:1996 and supplied with a 5-year warranty guarantee.