Fire Alarm Panel

What is a fire alarm panel and how does it work? The key information you need to keep safe at home or at work.

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What is it?

The job of a fire panel is to initiate the tasks that could potentially save lives in the event of a fire. The quicker they can react, the less major damage is likely to be done. Different panels on the market have different features, so it’s good to do your research before investing. Some are more intelligent than others, which one you buy will depend on how much security and control you want.

How Do They Work?

When a fire breaks out, the fire alarm panel receives a message from any smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, manual call points or a pull switch in the building. While it doesn’t actually detect the fire itself, it can respond to the signals from other mechanisms that do. When that happens, the panel is activated. You’ll usually be made aware by a loud noise and lights to indicate a fire.

Conventional Panels

Having been around for years, you will usually see them in older buildings. They respond to changes in the current passing through. This can happen when a smoke detector identifies burning. The panel will then sound the alarm, giving people enough time to leave the building safely. Being located in various areas – such as on different floors – it is also known as a zone panel.

Addressable Panels

This is the more recent version with higher-level technology. It sends data from detection devices in the building to itself. Since every device in the building can be recognised for its area – the panel can detect the whereabouts of the fire originated. This can be critical for emergency services when they begin to extinguish the fire.

Fire Brigade Response

You can choose a fire alarm panel with technology that alerts the emergency services in the event of a fire. If you already have a secure system of sprinklers and other safety measures in place, you may prefer a more simple alarm technology that rings and lights up – allowing you to contact the fire brigade if necessary.

Integration

With experts in access systems and other areas of fire safety, our team can work to install technology that links your fire alarm panel to other security measures in the building. You could link up electricals to close doors, turn off electrics and more when the panel is alerted. It offers another layer of protection when you need it the most.

VESDA stands for Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus. These aspirating smoke detection systems are used where early warning to a fire is fundamental. If servicing of a conventional system is problematic or aesthetics are a major consideration such as in luxury flats and houses or listed buildings, a VESDA system can be an ideal solution.

We use the most advanced Redcare Secure alarm signalling system to connect & monitor intruder alarms from our central monitoring station.

Redcare is a well-established division of BT and the UK leader in alarm signalling services. It already works with hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses throughout the country and uses mobile wireless networks backed up by landline telephone signals. Its security systems are future-proofed against changes to the telephone network and can adapt to your changing needs.

DDA fire alarm systems are frequently combined with intercom systems to assist in the evacuation of disabled individuals in the event of a fire. These are often included as part of a nurse call system in assisted living environments, where a panic alarm can be used to allow patients to alert nursing staff for assistance in an emergency. Enhance your fire security & protection to create a WLS safe space.

Automatic Opening Vents release smoke from residential corridors particularly in “Stay in place” scenarios. AOV systems can be integrated with a fire control panel for enhanced fire prevention.

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