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Fire Alarm Standards and Compliance

Here at Argus Fire and Security Ltd we work strictly in accordance with British standards. The current standard for Fire Alarm systems in the UK is BS5839:2017 which has recently replaced BS5839:2013. There are two principal reasons for the installation of a Fire Alarm, life protection and property protection.

Life systems are categorised as (L) type systems with the exception of manual systems which are (M) type.

Property systems are categorised (P) type systems designed to protect buildings and contents.

At Argus Fire and Security Ltd we can design life systems for use in both commercial and residential properties. British Standards has a different requirement for each of these, commercial premises must comply to BS5839: 2017 Part 1 and residential premises to part 6 of the standard. The main difference between the standards relates to sound level requirements, however this is not the only difference.

There are different types of certification required for Fire Alarm companies. At Argus Fire and Security Ltd we have achieved BAFE approval for the maintenance of fire detection systems, along with full BAFE approval for system design and Installation to part 1 of the standard. At present we do not hold approval for part 6 of the standard however we are looking to achieve this in the near future.

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    Fire Maintenance and Monitoring

    Since the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order in 2005, it has become a mandatory requirement that all Fire Alarm systems are serviced twice a year, with one hundred percent of the system being checked over the 12-month period.
    All Fire Alarms are required to be supported by a minimum24 hour stand by life in the event of power failure, along with sufficient battery capacity to run the sounders for a further 30 minutes. For off-site monitored systems further changes have now been implemented. This latest revision BS5839:2017 requires all communications and associated power supplies for off-site monitoring to be EN54 compliant.
    The new Fire Alarm standard that came into effect in September 2017 allows the connection of fire alarms through intruder alarms, provided the intruder alarm is EN54 graded. If Intruder alarm assisted monitoring is used, a variation form may be required to be signed by the customer agreeing to any non-conformity that may be present.
    Most monitored Fire Alarm systems can be set up with brigade response. However, not all authorities will guarantee attendance without confirmation of a fire.

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    Types of Fire Systems and Detection

    Fire detection systems are there to protect life and or property, but principally life. For this reason, it is vitally important that the company you choose are fire systems competent. We at Argus Fire and Safety Ltd are BAFE SP203-1 approved for the design, installation commissioning and maintenance of fire detection systems. We are also a member of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and approved to their gold standard.

    By having these accreditations and being regularly audited, it ensures that all our customers are guaranteed not only a first-class service, but that all work carried out is compliant with current standards and legislation.

    To find out about our Industry leading Fire Alarm service contact us without delay.

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    Case Studies

    View our impressive portfolio of clients and completed jobs we have undertaken. We treat each and every job with the highest possible service and dedication. You won’t be disappointed.

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    Testimonials - What Our Clients Say

    “Great service from Argus. On the initial assessment they identified that a burglar could break down our door and enter most of the office without activating the alarm. Argus installed a completely new system for much less than I was expecting, and with their remote monitoring that’s linked to a key holder we have total piece of mind.”

    Mr Nigel Finch

    HR Department - Wigan

    “I purchased a Burglar Alarm from Argus in 2014 for my home. Stephen dealt with this transaction and was very helpful, the system was fitted by Damion to an excellent standard and I am very happy overall with the finish.”

    Mr C Hill

    “After a recent break at my home I contacted Argus Fire and Security to provide a quotation for CCTV. I was very impressed with the rapid response and detailed quotation, the system purchased is of high quality and I particularly like the remote viewing capability from my mobile devices.

    Thank you Argus for a job well done, please pass on my appreciation to your staff for their diligence and professionalism.”

    A Williams - Wigan