Emytec work strictly in accordance to the British standards. The current standard for Fire Alarm Systems in the UK is BS5839:2017, which has recently replaced BS5839:2013. There are two main reasons for having a Fire Alarm installed, Life protection and Property protection.
Life systems are categorised as (L) type systems with the exception of manual systems which are (M) type.
Property systems are categorised as (P) type systems, these are designed to protect buildings and stock.
Life systems can be designed for both commercial and residential use, the British Standard has different requirements for each of these. Commercial systems must comply to BS5839:2017 Part 1, and Residential to Part 6 of the standard, the biggest difference between these standards are the sound level requirements, although this is not the only difference.
Since the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in 2005, it has become a mandatory requirement that all Fire Alarm systems are serviced at least twice a year, with one hundred percent of the system being checked over the 12 month period.
All Fire Alarms must be supported with a minimum 24 hour stand by life in the event of a power failure, and have sufficient battery capacity to run the sounders for 30 minutes after this time. For systems that are off site monitored further changes have now been implemented. The latest revision to the fire alarm standards is BS5839:2017, this has enforced further requirements for off site monitored systems. All Communicators and associated power supplies for off site monitoring must now be EN54 compliant. The new fire alarm standard that came into force in September 2017 now allows for the connection of fire alarms through intruder alarms provided the intruder alarm communicator is EN54 graded. If Intruder Alarm assisted monitoring is used a variation form may be required and signed by the customer, agreeing to any none conformity that may be present.
Most monitored Fire Alarm Systems can be set up with brigade response, although not all authorities will guarantee to attend an activation unless a fire has been confirmed.
Fire detection systems are there to protect life and or property, but in most circumstances lives. For this reason it is very important that the company you choose are fire systems competent. When it come to protecting peoples lives, you need to take more than a companies word, that they have the knowledge and ability to design and install a compliant system, and provide I competent service, you need assurance.
In the fire industry the only way to prove competence is to be a member of an approved industry organisation, they will annually inspect the company to ensure that they comply with and adhere to the current legislation. Some companies may claim competence but if they are not annually inspected, this cannot be proved.
Emytec install many different types of systems for our customers, our experienced surveyors will visit your property and design an appropriate system to suit your needs and requirements, including wire free systems, hard wired systems, text alert systems, speech dialling systems and the more popular higher security off site monitored systems that in most provide police response. Moving with technology many customers now are requesting App controlled systems, these are great, although we only recommend these for domestic applications for low to medium risk properties as they don’t currently support police response.
For medium to high risk properties we recommend police response monitored systems with dual path monitoring. Emytec install three main monitoring solutions, phone line, mobile network and internet, more information about these solutions can be found in our monitoring section.
Emytec Intruder alarm systems can protect your business and property in many ways. We can provide perimeter detection systems which protect the exterior doors and windows, internal systems that are operated by movement detectors and door contacts, and plenty of other options you may not have considered such as, pet immune detectors, panic alarms, smoke detectors, flood detectors, break glass detectors and interruption beams.
In order for an alarm to receive Police Response, the system must comply to the relevant standard. Should the system comply to the relevant standard, the alarm company can then apply for a Unique Reference Number (URN) to be issued on the system. The current standard for Police Response Systems in the UK BS8243:2010, this standard has various options for setting and un-setting the alarm. The most common method for setting and unsetting a Police Response Monitored Alarm System is via a digital key (proximity fob).
For higher risk environments where CCTV recording alone is not enough, Emytec can design you an off site monitored CCTV Solution, with cameras that on detection of movement will contact a 24 hour manned monitoring station. These systems can often save you lots of money against the cost of security guards and provide complete peace of mind that your property is safe and secure from trespassers.
Emytec recommend that all CCTV Systems are annually maintained. Stand alone and none URN monitored systems, require a minimum of 1 service visit per annum, however, police response systems should have a minimum of 2 service visits per annum. A service visit is required to ensure that all cameras are still viewing the intended area, are focused correctly, have clean lenses, are fully operable, and also ensure that the system recording, detection, and monitoring equipment is in full working order.