Fire Safety Alarms – A Life Saving Device

No matter how small or large a business is, it’s imperative that fire safety precautions are in place, including having the correct fire safety alarms, which are the first point of call should an emergency occur.

A break out of a fire goes beyond the damage to a business, a severe fire can seriously injure employees and visitors.

Here at Bull, our ambition is to ensure businesses have all the correct fire safety equipment so that they are prepared for any emergency. Here’s a guideline on fire safety alarms and which one is right for your business.

What types of fire safety alarm does my business need?

The type of fire alarm that each business requires will be determined by the size and structure of your property, the property use, and the nature of the works carried out on the premises.

Conventional Fire Alarms
Conventional fire alarms are based on a zone system which helps fire responders identify the zone, or the area of the property that the fire is present.

Call points and detectors are wired throughout the property to the fire alarm control panel in zones. Should a fire be detected, either by a smoke detector or by someone triggering a ‘break glass’ alarm, a message will be transmitted to the LED control panel which will identify the ‘problem’ zone.

The precision of pinpointing the exact location of a fire will depend upon the number of zones a property is segmented into.

Addressable Fire Alarms
This type of system gives a much more precise indicator of the fire’s location, thanks to individual addresses associated with each individual heat or smoke detector / break glass panel.

When one is activated, the fire alarm system control panel identifies the exact location of the problem, as well as sounding the audible alarm.

Analogue Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Often known as Intelligent Fire Alarm Systems, detectors on analogue addressable fire alarm systems contain their own computer which assesses the environment and communicates to the control panel whether the trigger is due to a fire or detector fault. It’s a much more complex system than traditional addressable fire alarms and its purpose is to prevent false alarms.

Designed for large commercial spaces and more complex networked systems, the fire control panel receives information and status reports from each device and indicates its exact location, and if there is a fire, fault, smoke, heat, or contamination to ensure maximum protection.

Wireless Fire Alarms

Quicker to install and providing a flexible solution during site work, wireless fire alarms are becoming increasingly popular in the construction industry.

Using secure, licence-free radio communications to transmit information between sensors and detectors, and the control panel, wireless fire alarms provide all the benefits of traditional wired fire alarm systems – without the cables.

Our fire alarms

At Bull, we supply a range of fire alarms and detectors to the construction industry, from industry standard wireless alarms, bells and horns, to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, to our flagship Cygnus Wireless Alarm System.

The Cygnus Wireless Alarm System, manufactured by Bull Products, shapes the way companies ensure the safety of their employees and the workplace in the case of a fire, and has already been used on some of the largest construction projects across the UK.

Suitable for large-scale developments, the Cygnus system is able to link 480 individual units in 15 different zones.

Rigorously tested to offer the ultimate in performance and reliability, the Cygnus system has raised the bar in the industry and is the most successful and adaptable temporary fire alarm system for use in the construction industry.

Expert advice you can rely on

At Bull, we supply the building and construction industry with innovative and reliable fire safety products.

We pride ourselves on the expertise we give to help businesses meet their legal fire safety obligations. We are always happy to discuss the options available and how our products and services can help meet the needs of individual businesses.

Our engineers can help you choose and install the best fire alarm system that is most suited for your construction site’s requirements.

For more information and advice about our building site products, talk to one of our team of knowledgeable and friendly advisors on 01432 806806 / enquiries@bullproducts.co.uk


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