There are many factors to consider with fire safety but Reflex Systems ensure the process is smooth for all of our clients. We are BAFE accredited and offer a consultative approach from the outset that provides qualified design, statutory compliance and the most appropriate product choices, supported by our comprehensive engineering and maintenance support services.
In recent years there has been a significant step forward in fire safety meeting the stipulations of the Equality Act. Traditionally, the primary fire alarm warning mechanism has been an audible sounder. However, a new standard (EN54-23) has been introduced which means that sounders must often now be accompanied by a suitable visual indicator.
Are your visual alarms up to the required standard? Do you have VADs (Visual Alarm Devices) installed in the correct places to guarantee safety to employees and those visiting your site? Have you taken a risk assessment to consider where and when visual alarms are required on your premises?
These are questions to consider for a whole range of sectors including healthcare, hospitality, education, industrial and commercial applications.
Where should our VADs be placed?
EN54-23 does not dictate where or when visual alarm devices are required – a combination of risk assessment, compliance with the Equality Act, building use and policies are needed. The LPCB code of practice governs the positioning of VADs (Visual Alarm Devices) for most sites.
The code of practice specifies that “there are a number of situations in which visual alarm signals are appropriate, such as:
- a means of giving warning to deaf and hard of hearing people;
- in areas of high ambient noise level;
- in buildings in which the initial warning of fire may be restricted to staff (e.g. certain public assembly buildings);
- in broadcasting studios, in which an audible alarm would cause interruption to live broadcasts;
- hospital operating theatres where an audible alarm may be disruptive or interrupt operating procedures;
- stage 1 visual alarm in gaseous extinguishing systems as recommended by BS 7273-1.”
There are many different dimensions to consider and it can be a bit confusing for those without fire design system experience.
Fire System Solutions from Reflex
Fortunately, Reflex Systems are on hand.
We have gathered industry knowledge and expertise in fire and security systems since 1987. We have experience working across many sectors. With our network of fully qualified design and engineering personnel, we support small and large scale businesses so that you have nothing to worry about.
With our in-depth technical expertise we deliver high quality, end-to-end solutions. We can design, install and commission a fire system that is tailored to your needs. Our fire safety solutions will help you remain compliant with safety standards and legislation. With our in-house facilities we even pre-build and test all VADs before installation at your site, minimising any disruption during the installation process.
Our fully trained and accredited technicians have in-depth knowledge of the LPCB code of practice and ensure that your VADs meet the required standards.
With Reflex’s know-how our customers know they are in safe hands. We have thirty years of experience in finding the right fire safety solutions that help you remain compliant with safety standards.
For further information on the many factors involved in fire system design see our free, online guide: A 10-point Guide to Fire System Design
Do you need help with your fire safety systems? Contact Reflex today.