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Landlord Prosecuted Second Time
Friday 12th of June 2015
PFS Group Ltd (PFS), a Baldwin Boxall Gold Status customer, was chosen to replace the voice alarm system in the Odeon Birmingham Plaza.
Located in the heart of Birmingham, the Birmingham Plaza is a comprehensive family leisure and entertainment centre. The site offers several options for entertainment for the whole family – making it a key destination for many. Among these is the UK’s biggest cinema chain – Odeon. The Birmingham Plaza Odeon has an impressive twelve screens – including a “big screen, big sensation, isense 4K screen”.
Odeon approached PFS regarding the replacement of the voice alarm system installed on the premises and PFS was delighted to win the project. A full site survey and an assessment of the necessary works was produced. PFS then placed their order with Baldwin Boxall for their VIGIL2 voice alarm system.
A phased installation was planned to ensure that any down time and disruption was kept to an absolute minimum. To achieve this, it was necessary to install the new voice alarm equipment alongside the existing system, with loudspeaker circuits being transferred gradually over to the new voice alarm racks. Strictly adhering to ‘good practice’ methods throughout the project, PFS checked all loudspeaker circuits, prior to the migration; clearing any faults found ensured that the new system would be fault free at the time of changeover. One by one, each circuit was disconnected and re-routed to the correct circuit within minutes.
Talking about the project, Pete Ford (Risk Management Director, Odeon) said “Odeon prides itself on providing exceptional service and entertainment facilities throughout the UK. To ensure that this reputation is maintained, we need all suppliers and products to be of a very high standard. PFS were professional throughout the process and we are very pleased with the installation. The sound quality of the system is really good and the facilities it provides us with are exactly as we need.”
Andrew Cowen (Director) said “We are very pleased with the way this project went – the effort during the planning stage prior to installation really paid off. We chose Baldwin Boxall’s VIGIL system because we knew that we could totally rely on the quality and could trust that it would function as it was supposed to. We are absolutely committed to providing a quality service and know that Baldwin Boxall will not let us down.”
The VIGIL2 system on the site is a four zone system comprising of fifty circuits. It is built into a 43U high rack enclosure and provides zonal paging and background music. Being a voice alarm system, it is fully monitored and battery backed to ensure it will operate even if the mains power fails.
In many cases, fire alarm regulations may be perceived as unnecessary trouble by many business owners, tenants or facilities managers. However in the event of a fire they could save lives, reduce building damage and save stock.
Statistics show fire alarms installed and maintained according to British Standards BS5839 save a lot of lives each year. Government figures show that there were 322 fire related deaths in Great Britain between April 2013 and March 2014. There were also 9748 non-fatal casualties in fires at this time. Fire and Rescue authorities attended a total of 505,600 fires or false alarms in Great Britain during the same period, false alarms were accounted at 293,100, 3% lower than the year before.
It has been estimated that early warning systems that follow the fire alarm regulations can save at least half of all lives lost in such fires and significantly reduce property damage. Parts of the fire safety management plan are designed to prevent fires or put them out. The fire alarm’s role is reduce or remove the chance of anyone getting hurt in case a fire does occur.
If you are a landlord, it is worth noting that most fatal residential fires usually occur at night, when people in the house are sleeping. By the time they wake up when it’s already too late to escape. If these houses and HMO’S had fire alarm systems, the residents could have been woken up by the alarm and save themselves.
If you are not sure what the fire alarm regulations are, you should follow my few tips to help you:
* It is a requirement to perform a fire risk assessment according to the needs of your business or properties. This will recommend the most suitable fire alarm for your premises and highlight all other fire risks within the premises.
* Install the most appropriate detection system throughout the building according to the fire risk assessment with the level of warning most appropriate to your business.
* Use electricians qualified in fire safety systems to do the installation and provide regular maintenance.
* Ensure that routine maintenance of your fire alarm systems is completed to the guidelines of no longer that 6 months between visits. Maintenance of fire alarms is proved to reduce false alarms. This maintenance should be documented and to hand in case of fire service inspections and for your own peace of mind.
To ensure that the investment in early detection is worth it, you will need to have an emergency plan, including emergency lighting to light the way in the event of power loss. The plan should be known by all residents, employees and take into account any visitors. You will need to be able to demonstrate that this plan has been communicated to the relevant parties through signage and training.
If you require assistance with Fire Risk Assessments, Installation and Maintenance of Fire alarms/Emergency Lights or other areas of Fire Safety, We can provide expert advice on behalf of PFS. We provide nationwide coverage give us a call on 01702 586996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Baldwin Boxall – The BVRDIP
A few people have asked for more information on our Baldwin Boxall BVRDIP, so we thought we would highlight some benefits here…
View the status of a Vigil VA system from your mobile phone
With the BVRDIP unit it is possible for you to check a voice alarm system remotely – be it from your office desk, on the train – or any place where you have access to the internet. A great solution for engineers or anyone responsible for monitoring one – or even multiple – Vigil voice alarm systems.
VA system fault notification by email
The same BVRDIP unit will automatically send an email when a fault is detected on the system. The email details the type of fault – providing valuable information prior to a site visit, or enabling the opportunity to contact someone onsite to advise on the situation.
Only one BVRDIP unit required
Even on a networked system, only one unit needs to be fitted for remote monitoring of the entire system.
Retrofit or new
The BVRDIP can be easily fitted to any currently installed Vigil EVAS voice alarm system. We certainly recommend the fitting of a BVRDIP to any new VIGIL EVAS voice alarm system.
For more information and pricing, please contact 01702 586996
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