Fire Protection Systems Installation Essentials – Albion Detection System
The challenges and legal requirements for fire protection installation/fire protection systems into commercial premises are invariably more complex than those faced by residential properties.
Not only are there stringent standards to adhere to, but there are simply
- More people requiring protection,
- More detailed properties to protect,
- Often higher-value commercial assets that can be found in most homes and non-commercial dwellings.
As a result, installing fire protection systems requires a skilled approach and adherence to the legal conduct and best practice outlined by both your fire risk assessment and fire protection accreditations, as well as a keen understanding of precisely which pieces of fire protection kit you require, and where to install them.
Let’s take a closer look at the installation process and things to look out for.
Creating Your Fire Protection
Installing an effective fire protection system into a business premises demands a bespoke approach and keen understanding of the latest fire safety law.
For most companies, this will mean your installation must be carried out to the most rigorous of standards by an accredited installer.
Unlike many engineered systems, your fire safety provisions cannot be tested in ‘real life’ scenarios unless the worst happens.
The Strategic Planning Of Fire Protection
Therefore, each component of your fire protection needs to be planned strategically and be easy to maintain, to ensure it both follows accepted industry standards and protects those it needs to safeguard in the event of a fire.
When your own fire protection installation is being planned, the following information must be available to contractors to secure an accurate quote:
Detailed Fire Specifications
This will include parameters where protection is required, and any special considerations because of industry or hazardous materials stored on-site.
If your company has many levels or areas where flammable materials are handled, these areas will require special attention to comply with UK fire safety regulations.
Vague specifications could result in a vague bid, and lead to less than satisfactory fire protection.
Fire Protection Installation Design
It is standard practice for your installer to create the design drawings for your fire protection.
Your responsible person and any other relevant parties should carefully review and assess these drawings and recommendations based on their own knowledge of the premises and your company’s compliance requirements.