Maximise high-rise fire safety with the Cygnus alarm system

In the next five years, around 541 new high-rise buildings will be constructed in London[1], but with these developments comes a large amount of risk for employees including the breakout of fires and managing those fire risks.

Construction companies and employees must be aware of the fire risks of working on high-rise buildings, and more importantly, implement fire safety solutions to ensure health and safety isn’t compromised.

 What are some of the challenges of high-rise building construction?

Higher number of workers – The bigger the project, the higher the number of workers required on-site at one time. With more people to be accountable for, site managers must ensure that they have an efficient alarm system that can be sounded throughout the building during construction, ensuring workers at all heights can evacuate the site safely in the event of an emergency.

Alarm response time – In a recent report, researchers from the University of Greenwich found that a third of construction site workers who took part in evacuation trials took almost six minutes to respond to an alarm during high-rise construction[2]. With a large number of high-rise buildings currently being constructed in the UK, it’s vital that workers are trained on the importance of acting quickly in an emergency.

 How can we overcome these challenges?

Investing in fire alarms – As sites grow, the need for fire safety becomes even more crucial. This is certainly the case for high-rise buildings where workers could be located on different floors and need to be able to quickly alert others if there’s a fire.  

Evacuation trials – By carrying out evacuation trials rather than drills, workers can be put to test in more realistic situations, allowing them to respond and prepare as if it were a real-life emergency.

Training – Thorough training ensures workers are aware of how to respond if a fire was to break out, how to alert others in an emergency and the steps they need to take to prevent a fire in the first place.

Maximising fire safety with the Cygnus Wireless Alarm System

The Cygnus Wireless Alarm System is the ideal solution for high-rise buildings, as it can be connected to multiple buildings or levels, without the worry of hazardous cables and wires.

The alarms can operate in a maximum of 15 zones with up to 32 devices per zone. The Cygnus system is capable of controlling all zones from a control panel operating on the same frequency but distinguished by different zone addresses. In the case of a real alarm, the message is communicated to every device within the site, thus providing maximum protection in an emergency ensuring workers can evacuate buildings safely and quickly.

Easily installed and relocated, the alarm system ensures minimal interference to ongoing construction. The Cygnus Wireless Alarm System has been installed on several high-rise construction projects this year including South Quay Plaza and Wardian London. To find out more, contact the team on 01432 371170 or email us.

[1] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/news/2019-year-tall-building-london-set-record-number-skyscrapers/

[2] https://www.gre.ac.uk/articles/public-relations/workers-ignore-emergency-alarms


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