Wireless fire systems are essential for the protection of life and property. They are a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for most non-domestic premises where people work or visit. That includes offices, shops, hotels, public venues, and almost all new buildings under the 2010 Building Regulations.
A guide to fire alarm system types
Welcome to the third part of our fire alarm system guide, in which we cover wireless fire alarm systems and aspirating smoke detector systems.
Wireless fire systems
Wireless systems are more expensive to buy up front than wired systems, but they are more flexible, cheaper, and much quicker to install. Wireless, or battery-powered radio-linked, fire alarm systems provide the same protection as wired systems, and they are useful when wired installations are unsuitable, such as in listed properties. There are no cables at all between detection devices and the control panel, doing away with the requirement for cable runs.
Wireless systems must comply with standard EN54-25. Today’s wireless fire alarm systems are more sophisticated and reliable than the ones from the 1980s. They now have multi-frequency links to reduce problems with signal blocking, allowing a higher signal strength to be maintained.
Aspirating smoke detection systems
Although they are technically a detection solution, aspirating smoke detection systems are so sensitive they can detect small or smouldering fires quicker than most other systems.
Aspirating smoke detection systems use a fan to draw in the air via a network of sampling pipes and holes. The air is passed through a sensitive precision detector that analyses it and generates a warning signal if it detects any smoke particles.
Although expensive to install and maintain, such systems are highly sensitive and are able to detect cool smoke which does not rise to the ceiling, as well as smaller smouldering fires and even particles from overloaded electrical cables. They are especially useful where an early warning is required.
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