About our Fire Alarm Systems

Allcooper install and maintain Fire Alarm systems for your home and business. Our range of fire detection systems can keep you safe from the serious risks of fire. They are designed to detect the signs of a fire as quickly as possible. We can supply and install a range of devices for fire detection which together can form a great value fire alarm system.

Read our fire alarm FAQs below or contact us to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

This will be determined from your Fire Risk Assessment. This is a legal requirement, that we can help you with.
A Responsible Person designated by the firm.
No. The Fire Risk Assessment moves the responsibility from the Fire Officer to you.
The designated Responsible Person will be liable.
Yes! BS5839 ­ 2013 ­ these are comprehensive standards that make a lot of sense.
Your Risk Assessment and Insurance Company will determine which category the system will need to adhere to. There are several different standards, which will determine the type and scope of the systems you need. Some cover people, some property and some both.
Carry out a proper Risk Assessment and talk to your insurers.
Addressable, Conventional, Wireless and Air Sampling.
Depending on your Risk Assessment, but we think all systems should be monitored. It just makes sense to get the Fire and Rescue Services on their way as soon as possible.
The line must be monitored 24/7, and you must have key holders. The Fire and Rescue Services are bringing in some stricter rules to reduce false alarms. These can also differ by region. We recommend checking the rules for your local Brigade, which are usually available online.
No - but they could become stricter if the new rules don’t reduce false alarm rates.
Fire and intruder would both be routed through to our monitoring centre, probably via the monitoring device we have in the Intruder Alarm system.
Your Risk Assessment will determine this.
This depends on the site to be protected. Fire Alarm control panels can be wired or wireless. Wireless systems are great for difficult sites, where wiring is impractical or too costly. Hard-wired are most typical and tend to be extremely robust and reliable.
Both are reliable depending on the environment they are used. You need to specify exactly the right equipment for the local environmental conditions.
Your system will include a control panel, sounders and detection devices such as smoke alarms. There are various types of detection devices available including smoke detectors, heat detectors, air sampling devices and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have any smoke alarms FAQ, your Allcooper Surveyor will be able to answer these as part of an initial survey visit.
Final commissioning of the system will determine the Audibility level as set out in BS5839. There are minimum levels as laid down in BS5839.
They will need to be different from any sounders already used on site to avoid any confusion.
Risk Assessment would determine this, however it is common practise to install an external sounder on the building where the control panel is to direct the Fire Brigade.
Your Allcooper Surveyor should make you aware of any changes in the new legislation. Allcooper regularly publish information outlining legislation changes across their product range.
Allcooper have a trained team of engineers capable of carrying out routine maintenance and evacuation drills.
Allcooper recommends that your Fire Alarm System is maintained on a quarterly basis, however, six-monthly is ok. You should be testing your system on a weekly basis and completing all details in your Log Book.
Should an incident occur, that has resulted from you not carrying out procedures then you could be held liable.
Allcooper would be more than happy to send out one of our surveyors to advise you accordingly.
This depends on your Fire Risk Assessment.
Again, this depends on your Fire Risk Assessment. Your insurers may want your Server Room protected by an inert gas suppression system. They effectively remove oxygen from the sealed room.
Install a failsafe procedure and systems. This is critical, and should only be carried out by highly trained professionals. This will also need to be monitored.
It is vital that the lighting comes on if the normal lighting fails. It needs to be sufficiently bright, illuminated for a sufficient length of time and the light sources so positioned, that the building occupants can be evacuated safely in an emergency. Again, this depends on your Risk Assessment.
Non-maintained lighting is where the emergency lamp is off when the mains are healthy and when the mains fail the lamp is illuminated from the battery and control equipment. Maintained lighting works the same as the non-maintained but in addition the lamp can also be used when the mains is healthy.
For a three hour duration.
Not normally - but they can be interfaced depending on how your existing system is wired.
Six-monthly checks should be carried out on the emergency lighting system by a trained technician and weekly/monthly tests carried out by the customer completing all details in the Log Book.
Yes! BS5266-1.2016 recommends that all exits have emergency lights external to the exits.

Help and support
 

If you need further advice on your systems and can’t find the answer here in our FAQ, please call our team on 01452 372626 or email service@allcooper.com