Our best advice is to fit smoke alarms to give yourself the earliest possible warning to get out the property safely, without harm if there is a fire. You should follow the British standard BS5839-6:2013. As guidance, for a standard domestic house, fit smoke alarms:
Please note that the above can vary depending on your fire risk assessment.
Every house is different but as a minimum alarms should be fitted in hallways and landings, so that if there is a fire in these areas you can get out quickly. However there is more chance of a fire starting in a kitchen or living room, so alarms should be fitted here too.
The more alarms you have, the safer you’ll be. At minimum you should have one on each floor.
A fire can occur anywhere, even where we least expect it. The biggest challenge is to raise awareness of fire safety and to ensure people make it a priority, because all too often, action to solve a problem is taken after an accident has occurred. There are a number of other issues facing fire safety in housing, such as:
A well-chosen and working smoke alarm may double your chances of surviving the fire. It is important to know the various types of smoke alarms and their strengths and weaknesses.
Some smoke alarms run on batteries which may need to be replaced once a year. Some smoke alarms are equipped with lithium batteries designed to last for 10 years. Whilst others are designed to be wired in to mains power and have a battery back-up in the event of a power cut.
If you have a large house, you may not hear an alarm going off in another room. Consider a smoke alarm system where alarms are interconnected or linked together so that when 1 detects smoke, they all sound.
Not all fires are the same. Smoke alarms have different sensors to detect different fire types, so it’s important to choose the right alarms to protect against all fire types.
Ionisation – They are most sensitive to small particles produced by rapid, clean burning fires. Best for fast-flaming fires producing significant amounts of heat, such as, papers and clothing. Smoke neutralises a current between two points resulting in the alarm sounding. However may false alarm from cooking fumes.
Ionisation Alarms within the Aico range: Ei141RC / Ei161e
Heat – Best for detecting heat build-up from large flaming fires producing a lot of heat. A thermistor sensor responds to high temperatures and the alarm triggers at 58 °C. The alarm only responds to heat and therefore there are no false alarms from cooking fumes (toasting bread, grilling). Heat alarms are only suitable for kitchens, where smoke alarms may cause nuisance alarms.
Heat Alarms within the Aico range: Ei144RC / Ei164e
Optical – A single sensor alarm. An infa-red beam detects smoke in the sensor chamber. Smoke scatters the beam onto a receiver, resulting in the alarm sounding. Sensitive to large particle smoke and best for slow, smouldering fires producing little heat, e.g. Sofas, Tv’s.
Optical Alarms within the Aico range: Ei146RC / Ei166e
Multi Sensor – The E2110e Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm responds to all fire types providing a total fire response and making it the most reliable and effective alarm on the market. It contains two sensor types, optical and heat. The two sensors constantly monitor smoke and heat levels, sending and receiving signals via the Multi-Sensor’s intelligent software. The E2110e is less likely to nuisance alarm and the sensor compensates for dust build-up.
The Ei2110e contains AudioLINK which allows you to extract data from the alarm using the sounder directly to a Smartphone or Tablet via an app. AudioLINK can be used:
Multi-Sensor Alarms: Ei2110e
We are proud to announce we have been awarded GENT Technology Centre status. Pictured are company directors Andy Cowen and Phil Ranson along with Gent Business Manager, Mark Hunter.
Above; PFS directors Andy Cowen and Phil Ranson being presented the award by Gent Business Manager, Mark Hunter.
Above; PFS directors Andy Cowen and Phil Ranson holding the plaque that confirms our new GENT Technology Centre Status
Above; A group photo including a number of our office staff, from right to left; Phil Ranson, April Mizzi, Richard Miller, Dave Fisher, Luke Street, Simon Ford, Michael Gerrard, David Norton, Dean Gilbert, James McWilliams, Tracy Remington, Simon Ranson, Andy Cowen.
We are recruiting……..we are looking for an experienced Electrical Design/Estimator with a good knowledge of Electrical, Fire & Security products.
Please contact us if you are interested. Based in Thorpe Bay, Southend on Sea. Monday to Friday. CV’s to DAGilbert@pfsltd.co.uk or call 01702 586996
As a GENT Approved System Integrator we would like to take the opportunity to show you the various mobile apps that they offer;
S-QUAD Selector helps you easily find out what the S-Quad’s optimum sensitivity state is for a particular application or risk.
You’ll also have access to audio samples of the standard sounder tones/voice messages and a Locator Map allowing end users to easily find a System Integrator nearby.
Search ‘Gent S-Quad’ from the App Store and Google Play
Search ‘Gent Interface Selector’ from the App Store or Google Play
Gent InfoPoint gives you easy access to a variety of marketing and technical literature.
If you’re part of the Gent 24 Approved Network or an International Partner you get even more access to materials such as technical manuals and audio clips, simply register here and we’ll provide you with a user name and password.
Search ‘Gent InfoPoint’ from the App Store or Google Play
The VAD design support tool for iPad allows you to:
– Create a floor plan
– Enter ambient light settings or use the built-in lux meter
– Select low, medium or high-powered settings
– Drag and drop VAD’s onto your floor plan
– Get an instant, visual confirmation that your proposed plan is valid
– Generate reports and email them
Search ‘Gent VAD Tool’ from the App Store
The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) and Construction Industry Council (CIC) are calling for changes to the new Building Regulations Guidance to ensure they are free of complex, confusing and inconsistent language.
A study by the Fire Sector Federation of members’ views on Building Regulations and its Guidance in Approved Document B (ADB) has found that:
• 92% of FSF members indicate a need to make changes to Building Regulations and Approved Document B
• Over 88% of FSF members agree the Approved Document B is not adapted to suit the trends used in today’s construction methods, design and usage, in comparison to 42.3% of CIC who do agree it is flexible
• 90% of FSF members said third party accreditation should be mandatory instead of voluntary
• 43% of CIC members and 75% of FSF members think the Fire and Rescue Service should have the final decision over B5 compliance (access and facilities for Fire and Rescue Services)
• 100% agreed the need to address inconsistencies in building definitions
The study was led by the FSF’s Built Environment Issues and Affairs Workstream which surveyed Federation and CIC membership on clarity of wording, user-friendliness, adaptation to construction trends and the incorporation of factors other than life safety in ADB.
Commenting on the findings, chair of the workstream Celestine Cheong said: “The Federation is founded on acceptance that fire safety in the UK is far wider than the Fire and Rescue Service alone because emergency firefighting is a measure implemented when safety features and protection has failed, and we need to remove this eventuality as much as possible.
“We understand the pressures on Government and we would like to help resolve issues pertaining to fire. Having identified areas in this study such as the research underpinning the Guidance being out of date, complex wording and the Guidance’s limited applied scope, we wish to work with Government to develop further opinion on an agreed frequency of updates, idea generation with relevant stakeholders for improved clarity of text, and to develop opportunities to minimise risks and impacts from fire to property, the wider built and other environments.”
The findings reveal both the FSF and CIC believe issues with definitions, clarity of wording, adaptation to construction trends and its scope in the Guidance in Approved Document B should be addressed. The FSF is of a collective opinion a significant attitude change to fire safety is needed whereby proper assessment of construction products and methods, the consideration of credible research and mandatory accreditation must be urgently pursued.
Net saving of £1bn
Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Council Graham Watts OBE added: “As best practice and new technology evolves, it is essential that Building Regulations and Guidance Documents are aligned with these new developments, that they are clear in their meaning and easy to use.
“This necessitates a regular need for review to ensure relevance. A review of Approved Document B is long overdue. I welcome the findings of this study in drawing attention to problems that are challenging FSF and CIC members and may be compromising fire safety in our built environment.”
Research in 2005 from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) showed that by including requirements for fire safety management in Approved Document B, a net saving to society of up to £1 billion over 25 years through reduced incidence and severity of fires, could be realised.
The last available and recognised figure for the economic cost of fire was in 2008 when fire cost the UK £8.3 billion per year. Latest figures reveal the British economy lost £1 billion in GDP and 5,000 jobs during the years 2010-2014 to preventable commercial warehouse fires alone. The cost of fire to the UK is steeply rising despite fewer fire deaths recorded annually.
Mark Shepherd, Manager, General Insurance, Association of British Insurers (ABI), concluded: “The Guidance in Approved Document B should promote a risk-based approach to fire safety and recognise the inter-relationship between fire safety, arson and security in buildings, and the impact of fire on communities.
“It is time that fire safety design guidance considers all pertinent risk factors including social, economic and environmental factors such as proximity to, and use of neighbouring buildings, local rates of fire and arson, and levels of deprivation.”
Original article can be found at: https://www.fire-magazine.com/building-regs-guidance-continues-confound-fire-sector-experts.aspx
PFS Group Limited are pleased to announce it has been certified under the National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) NACOSS Gold scheme with respect to the design, installation and maintenance of electronic security systems; these include access control, CCTV systems and intruder alarm systems.
Operations Director Dean Gilbert quoted “Achieving this accreditation was a result of hard work and determination of its staff. I am proud to have been one of those involved. This certification is our second step by originally holding NSI Gold for Fire to now NSI Gold Fire and NSI Gold Scheme for is an outstanding milestone for our company whilst we continue its journey of increasing our services we offer to our customers.”
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is recognised as the leading certification body for the security and fire protection industries in the UK. NSI Gold specifically builds on products Certification to incorporate Quality Management System Certification. The combination of the Quality Management Systems and the relevant sector specific product or service represents the Gold Standard of Certification. This level holds the greatest perceived value across industry and by the police, fire and rescue services and insurers.
Businesses and home owners who choose NSI approved companies have the reassurance that their contractors will work to the highest industry standards demanded by the Police, Fire and Rescue Services and the insurance industry. The NSI Directory lists all the companies who have successfully achieved NSI certification.
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We are proud to announce that we are changing our company name from Premier Fire Systems Limited to PFS Group Limited
The name change is due to the significant expansion of our business activities which now includes all Electrical Services, Access Control, CCTV, Intruder Alarm Systems, Extinguisher and (AV) Audio and Visual systems far beyond the traditional Fire Alarm activities.
The name change should also be perceived as an acknowledgement of the size, strength, and diversity of the company – making “PFS” the cornerstone of our branding worldwide.
The company will continue to operate in its current structure and your contacts will remain un-changed. At the same time we will change all our e-mail addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org to reflect and strengthen the PFS brand. The old e-mail addresses will continue to be operational for the foreseeable future. Our website domain will also change to www.pfsltd.co.uk
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