Fire detection and fire alarm solutions for UK businesses

Reliable and effective fire detection and fire alarm systems 

A quality fire alarm system isn't just a luxury for peace of mind, it's a legal requirement and crucial addition to your business location.

Our experienced teams of designers, engineers and installers ensure that you are protected and compliant with current fire safety regulations, with a vast range of fire detection, fire alarm and suppression systems designed and integrated to suit your specific needs.

Reliable and effective fire detection and alarm systems are essential for all businesses to protect employees and visitors in your facility and minimise the risks to your business.

How do fire alarm systems work ?

In its simplest form a fire detection and fire alarm system will comprise of:

  • A alarm control panel which requires an input signal from either detector sensing a fire, or an individual discovering a fire and pressing.
  • A Manual Call Point (break glass), and on the receipt of these signals, the output from the control panel is an alarm.
  • Alarm - the alarm will generally be audible or visual (often both), to give people a warning that a fire has been detected.

Fire Alarm System

The fire systems can be very simple or complex and will depend on the requirements of individual sites and will sometimes require several control panels linked (networked together).

The term fire alarm system would also include systems that can provide signals to initiate the operation of other fire protection systems and equipment’s such as fire extinguishing, smoke control, automatic door release systems or other safety measures.

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What are the main components of a fire alarm system ?

Fire alarm systems can be very complex and will depend on the requirements of individual sites and client needs. However, all systems will include some basic components, like those listed here:

The Fire Alarm Panel

Fire Alarm Panel

Often used as the primary interface with the fire alarm system, the panel can be used as a connection point to communicate with connected devices and detectors, report the system status, review alarms and check incoming data. Panels can be pre-configured units “out of the box” or custom designed to suit your needs.

DDetector Unitsetector Units

Carefully positioned around a building and tested regularly, these can detect heat, smoke and carbon Monoxide, or a combination of all three. Some systems may also include CCTV video units that will detect flame.

Manual Call PointsManual Call Points

Often these are the most noticeable parts of a fire alarm system, positioned around a building in convenient and accessible positions. Anyone discovering a fire should be able to easily activate the system to raise the alarm.

Sounders and Bellssounders and bells

While these units may not be obvious to a casual visitor, once activated, these will be hard to ignore. Audible alarms need to be heard throughout the building, above any normal background noise, and may include bells, sirens and pre-recorded spoken instructions

Visual Alarm Devices (Beacons)   Visual Alarm Devices (Beacons)

Often used in noisy environments, where workers may be using ear defenders, visual alarms can be used to indicate an alarm, and a specific location.

InterfacesInterfaces

Also known as relays for controlling equipment that may be connected to the alarm system. Can be used for a variety of things depending on the system requirements such as lift grounding or monitoring the sprinkler system.

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What you need to know when designing a fire alarm system

The design phase of implementing a fire alarm system is crucial when managing risk, safeguarding valuable assets and protecting the lives of your employees.

We offer a full design and implementation service which is fully BAFE compliant and installed by our skilled engineers.

You can be safe in the knowledge that your fire alarms are best placed to reduce risk to life and are an integral part of your fire risk assessment planning.

Elements of the fire alarm system design can include:

  • Fire monitoring and dispatch
  • Early detection systems and advanced point ID technology
  • Intelligent initiating and indicating devices
  • Recall and shutdown interfaces
  • Standalone or integrated panels test and inspection services
  • Advanced diagnostics and occupant notification

The fire detection and alarm systems installation process includes:

  • Fire monitoring and dispatch
  • Site survey
  • System design
  • Installation 
  • Commissioning
  • Monitoring
  • Ongoing service maintenance

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We're industry leaders in the design, installation and maintenance of quality fire alarm systems. We provide tailored systems to enhance site security and ensure business continuity, with in-depth pre-installation surveys and discussions to ensure each environment gets a fire alarm system that's fit for purpose.

Safeguard your business with a quality fire alarm system

We use cutting-edge technology from leading fire detection manufacturers - including Honeywell Gent and Advanced and EMS.

Our fire safety services are accredited by third parties, setting new standards in excellence in BSI, BAFE and NSI. 

STANLEY Security are approved integrators for Honeywell Gent fire detection and alarm products.  These products have been developed to the highest possible standards to deliver the most advanced fire detection and alarm systems available in the market today.

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Fire Risk Assessment
Safety precautions

What is fire risk assessment and how often do you need to do one?

A Fire Risk Assessment is a document that reviews a premise and makes an assessment of the risks that people working there would be exposed to in the case of a fire. The document should also identify the general precautions and equipment needed to mitigate those risks.

Whether a company needs a Fire Alarm system or not, is down to a suitable and sufficient risk assessment of a premises and advice from the building insurer or enforcing authorities.

When should you review your site fire risk assessment?

There is no legal time frame for when you should review your sites Fire Risk assessments but The Health & Safety Executive recommends that risk assessments be reviewed on an annual basis.

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We'll provide thorough inspection and assessment to ensure you're operating completely within regulation, with instantaneous feedback and guidance to help you get back on track if you fall foul of requirement. What's more, our team utilise the latest technology to perform ai assessments, with instant uploads of our findings so you can access your records in real time.

This way, you'll be able to start working on any actions required immediately, helping you stay compliant and exceeding the minimum FSO requirement.  We'll provide a thorough list of actions required and steps to take, with an in-depth checklist of things to consider in the future should you decide to handle subsequent assessment yourself

What is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) ?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) came into force on 1st October 2006 and covers all premises except for a single private dwelling. This states that all companies, must undertake a Fire Risk Assessment, although you need only keep written records if you employ 5 people or more.  The RRFSO places a duty on anyone who has control of a premises as the ‘responsible person’ and is required to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment and provide an adequate fire alarm system based on the recommendations of that report.

In smaller premises, staff that can smell a fire, and use hand bells to sound an alarm might be considered appropriate. For other larger sites, a risk assessment would always require something more sophisticated so that an alarm could be clearly heard.

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Fire Suppression Systems
Designed to control and neutralise fires

What is a fire suppression system?

A fire suppression system is designed to “supress” a fire, limiting its ability to spread, minimising the damage that it can cause, and to extinguish it before it becomes too large. Typically, a suppression system will be designed to operate within a defined area such as an IT suite or commercial kitchen but can be used across a whole floor or building if required.

There are various methods used for extinguishing or suppressing a fire, and the choice of which to use will depend on the individual situation and characteristics of the area being protected.

Fire suppression methods include:

  • Cooling (removing the heat),
  • Starving, (removing the fuel),
  • Asphyxiation (removing the Oxygen)
  • Disturbing the chemical chain reaction, a necessary component of a fire.

Fire suppression systems use one of four mediums:

Water Sprinkler and Water Mist:

Both methods cool and remove heat by drenching the area they are protecting. Unlike a regular sprinkler system, water mist uses a very fine water spray, where the small water droplets in the mist control or extinguish fires by cooling both the flame and the surrounding gases by evaporation.

Inert Gas Systems:

These systems are designed to reduce the level of Oxygen in the protected area, to a point where combustion is no longer possible. If triggered the system will rapidly flood the protected area with inert gas such as CO2, IG55 Argonite, IG541 or Inergen systems. These systems are often used in IT areas to avoid water damage from a traditional sprinkler system.

Synthetic Gas Systems

Synthetic chemicals such as NOVEC 1230 & HFC 227ea are designed to reduce heat and can also be used to kill a fire. Advantages of gas systems include minimal clean-up and rapid return to service.

Water mixed with high expansion foam:

Working on a similar principal to foam based handheld fire extinguishers, a foam is produced that floods the area, rapidly smothering any fire and effectively removing oxygen for the fire to burn. These systems can often be found in areas where there is a high risk of flammable liquids being spilled.

Where can fire suppression systems be used?

  • Power generation wind turbines, mobile electrical generators
  • Kitchen environments restaurants, hotels, canteens
  • Industrial equipment forklifts, engine protection for machinery, industrial processing equipment
  • Electrical enclosures electrical distribution cabinets, process control cabinets, communication racks
  • Material storage fume cupboards, chemical stores, flammable material stores
  • CNC machines, robotic welding machines, injection moulding machines, machining centres
  • Transport trains, boats, buses – engine compartments
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Fire Sprinkler
Early notifications to minimise water damage

Fire sprinklers

Combining both mechanical and electrical expertise sprinkler systems provide an additional degree of protection for both life and property above smoke and/or other fire detection systems

A correctly designed and installed sprinkler system can detect and control a fire at an early stage of development and activate an alarm. Correct operation of the system will rapidly reduce the production rate of heat and smoke allowing more time for personnel evacuation.

We provide the following fire sprinkler soultions:

  • Fire code compliant monitoring services
  • Fire sprinkler water flow and valve monitoring
  • Fire monitoring with dispatch
  • Early notification to minimise water damage
  • Standalone or integrated panels
  • Test and inspection services for the alarm devices connected to your fire suppression system
  • Maintenance and repair services for the alarm devices connected to your fire sprinkler system
  • We have the expertise to design, install and maintain a cost-effective fire sprinkler monitoring solution that meets your code requirements and needs
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Emergency Evacuation & Lighting
Advanced emergency lighting systems

Emergency evacuation and lighting

Emergency lighting is a crucial component of the safety system of any building. STANLEY Security specialises in emergency lighting design and implementation, working with only the most advanced emergency lighting systems, with discreet and stylish flush fittings and sleek and touchscreen controls.

We can design, install and maintain fully-monitored LED systems, all with a remote discharge testing functionality.

What are some of the different types of emergency lighting available?

There are many different kinds of emergency lighting for the many different kinds of situation.

Here are some of the most popular emergency lighting solutions:

  • Temporary lighting - there are many different types of location that require that, even in a state of emergency when often, typically, there is no power, normal activity may be continued. Locations such as hospitals, fire stations or prisons. 
  • Exit signage - Imagine an office or corridor or some other room that you regularly use filling with smoke or plunged into darkness for some reason and you must leave the building to survive. It's not a pleasant thing to consider - although considering it and planning for it may mean that the worst will never be allowed to happen. What you need to ensure is that in the event of something like this taking place, you have working emergency exit signs and/or illuminated pathways that will help guide you and your workmates or your family to safety.
  • Thermoplastic emergency lighting - Thermoplastic exit signs are typically situated above a building's nearest exits. Easily recognisable because of their red or green lettering, there are various kinds of thermoplastic signs to choose from. They include: Thermoplastic, Photoluminescent, Self-Luminous.
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Fire Doors
Legal requirements

What is the legal requirement for a fire door?

In almost all commercial site buildings, accommodation premises ( blocks of flats, sheltered accommodation, houses of multiple occupancy etc.) fire doors are a legal requirement.

Passive fire protection measures and Fire doors play an essential role in a building, by keeping a fire in the compartment in which it starts for defined/specified time periods Article 17 of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order RRFSO makes it a legal requirement to ensure that fire resisting doors and escape doors are correctly installed and maintained in order for them to be fit for purpose.

How often should fire doors be inspected?

According to the BS 9999 fire safety code of practice, you should inspect and maintain your fire doors every six months.

A doorway is considered a weak point in containing a fire as it represents a break in the barrier. Third party certification is the minimum standard required for fire doors provided by door manufacturers, which gives reliance that goods supplied are fit for purpose. STANLEY Security will only use Fire door suppliers and manufacturers who are members of the British Woodworking Federation, BM Trada or if not in the schemes have their doors inspected at approved centres. 

Door certification schemes:

We provide a fully comprehensive inspection of your Fire Doors including report and key action points.

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If you are interested in buying/installing new fire doors or you would like an inspection and assessment of your current fire doors by a FDIS accredited inspector, please contact us below.

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Fire Extinguishers
Control small outbreaks of fire quickly

Fire extinguishers

Even if your premises are kitted out with the latest in fire warning and suppressant systems, fire extinguishers are an essential asset when it comes to proofing your building against a fire emergency.

They can help control small outbreaks of fire quickly, preventing flames from spreading and causing more damage. In more severe emergencies, fire extinguishers can save lives, helping keep an evacuation route clear and providing crucial access to escape points.

Before you go ahead and buy one, you need to know the difference between the categories/colour and to be able to choose which is right for you.

What are the different types of Fire Extinguishers available?

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Fire Marshal training
Responsible for fire safety within a company

Fire Marshal/Warden training 

What is a Fire Marshal/Warden?

It is a person responsible for fire safety within a company. The Fire Marshal/warden has to undertake professional training with regards to what precautions need to be taken, how to maintain fire extinguishers, manage fire evacuation plans  i.e. with fire exists, fire lights and fire alarms.

Who is the course suitable for:

  • Those who are responsible for overseeing fire safety
  • Designated fire marshals/wardens
  • Who needs to know how to use a fire extinguisher.

Course content

  • The course covers how fires are caused,
  • The risks associated with fire
  • Principles of fire safety management at work
  • Understanding the role of a fire Marchal/Warden
  • Evacuation plan
  • Precautionary responsibilities and active fire systems user maintenance. 
  • Video demonstration of fire extinguisher use or, if chosen practical fire extinguisher use on live gas simulator fire. 
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