Fire Alarm Monitoring
According to recent government statistics, 67% of major fires occur when buildings are unoccupied and 70% of businesses who suffer a major fire either don’t re-open, or fail within 3 years.
Most premises will have fire detection and alarm systems installed, great for when you are at work, but what happens out of hours? Should your fire alarm be monitored? The only signal to alert someone to a fire is when it is too late, a glow in the sky and smoke. By the time the Fire Brigade are summoned, mobilised and made it to the scene, your building will be history, potentially along with your business.
During the working day if the fire alarm activates you will know something is wrong, you will hear the bells, electronic sounders or voice alert, therefore action will be taken and where appropriate the Fire Brigade will be called.
At the end of the working day, staff have gone home, lights out, windows and doors closed; who will raise the alarm in the event of a fire? This has serious implications should a fire break out whilst your premises are unoccupied.
Connecting your fire alarm to a monitoring centre will ensure a fast response from the Fire Brigade, whatever the time of day, saving valuable time, and minimising potential damage and loss. Using a fully accredited monitoring provider will assure you 24 hours a day, 365 days per year that when the alarm is activated, it will be acted upon.
In residential care premises, BS 5839 states ‘facilities should be provided for automatic transmission of alarm signals to an alarm receiving centre’. This also applies to category ‘P’ systems where the building is not continuously occupied and non-domestic premises in multiple occupation where a category ‘L’ system is installed.
This can be the difference between your building and business becoming an historical fact and statistic, or surviving for the future.