Here at AJ Fire & Security Ltd, we specialise in the protection of you & your property and we take our role seriously. We provide a selection of products and systems that can be implemented individually or be combined into a complete solution. From Domestic smoke detectors to remotely monitored multi-panel, networked & PC assisted fire alarms with emergency communication and remote diagnostics. We are confident that we can tailor a package to suit your individual needs.
- Fire Alarms
- Extinguishers & signs
- Access Control & Door Entry
- CCTV Systems
- Emergency Communication
- Fire Risk Assessment
- Emergency lighting
- Environmental warning
- Remote monitoring
- Other products
Fire Alarm systems are now required by law in most public, commercial & industrial premises as well as HMO ('Houses in Multiple Occupation' or multi-tenanted rental properties). They can be as simple or as complex as the fire risk and strategy dictate and can be facilitated by many different types of system. Here are a few:
Suitable for small to medium applications, the protected premises is subdivided into zones with each zone being served by a dedicated circuit. Sounders or bells are also installed on their own circuits (a minimum of two), distributed throughout the premises.
Twin or Bi-wire systems
Similar to conventional systems by using dedicated circuits for each zone, but sounders or bells can also be installed on zone circuits giving more flexibility and can reduce installation costs.
Suitable for small to very large applications. These systems are extremely flexible & can provide great detail of device location & state at the control panel. Hard wired in a loop format & supporting a multitude of devices for detection, alarm & control (inputs & outputs). Fully programmable, they can interface with many other external systems such as BMS, Door Access, Lift & Plant control and many more. Benefits such as excellent fault tolerance, easy addition of devices and great flexibility where future modification is required are to name but a few. Panels can be networked together to form larger, de-centralised systems or where multiple buildings need to be monitored and linked. Most brands can support PC based graphic displays to enhance control and investigation and even remote modem & IP communication & access.
Aspirating detection (ASD)
Extremely sensitive detection systems usually consisting of a boxed laser sensing device that draws air through sampling points via a network of pipe installed throughout the protected area. They can learn their environment and adapt their sensitivity accordingly & can be used in all types of application; Clean rooms; IT Comm's rooms and areas with strong air movement; Environments with high levels of ambient contamination; High level areas with difficult access for future maintenance.
Radio or Wire Free systems
As the name suggests, there is little or no cabling required on these systems except for a mains supply. This is a great benefit for installations where aesthetics need to be preserved or where cable installation is difficult. There are major considerations with these systems however; Regular maintenance costs and frequency propagation - each device needs a battery set which, depending on use, will need regular replacement & building construction(steel, thick concrete etc) and size can affect the feasibility of these systems.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that a business has a duty to ensure that there are sufficient means of fighting fire at their premises, appropriate to the identified hazards and activities carried out therein.
In many cases, portable fire extinguishers are required to be situated throughout the premises and be easily accessible. The duty holder needs also to ensure that there are nominated persons, trained & competent in their use and deployment.
Fires are classed by their type:
- Class A - Free burning material such as wood, paper or textiles
- Class B - Fires involving flammable liquids
- Class C - Fires involving flammable gases
- Class D - Fires involving flammable metals
- Class F - Fire involving cooking media such as fat fryers, oil & grease
There is no longer a class 'E' as electricity can be involved in any of the above other classes and the the presence of electricity should always be considered before the choice of which extinguisher to use is made.
There are various extinguisher types available, each designed for use with different classes of fire: Water; CO2; Foam; Dry powder & Wet chemical; with the type of hazard dictating the type, size & quantity of extinguishers required.
Your Fire Risk Assessment should identify the risks throughout your premises and advise as to the requirements. If you are unsure, please contact our office and we will be happy to advise you.
BS5306 is the standard responsible for portable extinguishers and makes recommendations with regard to the choice, siting and maintenance of PFE's.
Maintenance should be carried out by trained and competent engineers to BS5306 codes of practice, which all of our extinguisher engineers are conversant in.
Where PFE's are deployed, they should always be accompanied by appropriate signage to enable potential operators to identify the correct extinguisher for the fire in progress.
Appropriate signage is also required by the RRFSO to indicate things such as escape routes from the building, refuge points, fire doors, fire action information and other potential hazards. Signs should be of a consistent type and style throughout and confirm to current EN54 standards.
Please contact our office for further advice, options and prices.
Access Control & Door Entry
Everyone has assets and premises that need to be secured & protected. Traditional locks allow you to secure your building, but it's common to leave doors unlocked for long periods of time creating a security risk to both staff and property - propped open doors and unattended offices are a beacon to the opportunist thief. Keys can be copied, lost or stolen and the expense of changing locks can be considerable, not to mention the inconvenience and valuable time wasted.
Electronic access control is an efficient and cost effective way of securing your building and assets, whether a single door or hundreds across multiple buildings. Tokens issued to individuals allow access through controlled doors, they cannot be copied and are easily barred from the system if lost or stolen removing the need for costly lock changes and enabling you to maintain security quickly & simply.
If increased security is required, biometric technology (palm & finger print readers, retina scanners etc) can be used instead of tokens giving higher levels of integrity.
Systems are highly configurable and have the ability to integrate with other building systems. Detailed logs allow you to monitor who goes where, historically & in real time and when linked to your fire alarm for example, an up to the minute roll call can be produced immediately an evacuation is required, essential for premises with high numbers of staff and visitors.
We also supply door automation solutions either as a standalone item or integrated with your access control system. From fully automated, movement sensing doors to units that provide assisted manual opening for the elderly or disabled are available.
Please see our downloads section for more information.
CCTV systems are now an integral part of everyday life. They are deployed in a variety of scenarios; the general observation of a single door, the monitoring of areas for acts of crime, theft or unauthorised access, continuous surveillance of high security areas, buildings and complexes and vehicle number plate recogniton.
However they are used though, they share the common purpose of promoting & maintaining security. The main aim of any criminal is to not get caught so when used overtly, CCTV provides an effective means of deterrent. An intruder alarm will alert you only after unauthorised access has already been made to your premises, the presence of CCTV however will often discourage an attempt from ever being made.
We all have our own set of needs when it comes to security and here at AJ Fire & Security Ltd, we will work with you to ensure that your unique set of requirements are catered for. There are different types, applications & technologies available; Analogue, Digital, Hi-res, IP based, Overt and Covert. Even the simplest of systems now benefit from smart phone compatibility and economic digital storage.
Please see our downloads section for information on some of the equipment we supply.
With more consideration needing to be given to disabled persons under the Equality Act 2010 (replacing the Disability Discrimination Act), the ability to coordinate evacuation & rescue can be facilitated by Emergency communication systems or fire alarm enhancements. In larger buildings, fire telephone systems enable the Fire Brigade to communicate with occupants that may be trapped during an emergency situation.
Disabled refuge, on-site paging & PA/VA are widely employed in many buildings large and small and due to the Equality Act 2010, are now much more common.
Disabled Refuge Systems
Disabled refuges are places within buildings where people requiring assistance during an evacuation can go to summon help. These systems allow quick location and two way communication with anyone in need of assistance.
Usually installed in larger or more complex premises, they are designed to provide a secure & robust communication facility during an emergency. Usually designed for use by house security teams or the fire service.
Public Address & Voice Alarm
Through a network of speakers, these systems broadcast verbal instruction rather than just an evacuation bell or tone. They can also be used for general announcement throughout the premises.
Radio pagers are a simple solution for providing means of evacuation for the hearing impaired. Pagers can be held at reception and issued to visitors or staff members upon entry should the need arise. For places with sleeping accommodation, vibrating pillows and other similar devices are also available.
Fire Risk Assessment
When the RRFSO replaced the fire brigade's Fire Certificate system, it became a legal requirement for many types of premises to ensure that an adequate Fire Risk Assessment is conducted and regularly reviewed.
Accountability for this sits with the 'Responsible Person' for the particular premises (as defined in the RRFSO) and failing to ensure that suitable fire precautions are provided & well maintained can lead to prosecution.
Are you a 'Responsible person'? Visit our downloads page where you will find a short reference guide to the RRFSO.
FRA's can be reasonably simple to conduct but can also be extremely complex and can often be pages long, especially for larger commercial and industrial premises and while it is possible to conduct an FRA yourself, acquiring the knowledge to enable you to do this can be time consuming and costly.
Why not let us take the 'risk' out of fire risk assessment for you?
We will carry out a full assessment & make appropriate recommendations presented to you in a full report for your records. This will ensure that not only your legal obligations are fulfilled, but will give you peace of mind that your business, assets, staff & visitors are well protected from the risks of fire.
Along with adequate fire protection, the RRFSO 2005 requires emergency lighting to be installed in most non-domestic premises to aid evacuation in an emergency should the mains power fail. There are many options available and we are happy to advise you with the best solution, whatever your premises type or use.
Life & property don't just need protection from fire. Common gases such as methane & carbon monoxide (found in boiler & plant rooms) & hydrogen sulphide (or sewer gas)found in underground chambers, along with many others can pose a danger to persons in or entering such areas.
Water can also prove fatal to electronic equipment in IT rooms, plant rooms or even a normal office should a water pipe or union fail.
Gas & water detection systems use point probes, detectors and sensing cable located strategically around their environment to provide essential early warning, minimising damage to your assets and impact to you business. They can be standalone with local alarm, remotely monitored or linked to the buildings fire alarm to maximise effectiveness.
Water & Gas detection
Gas & water detection systems use point probes and detectors located strategically around their environment and provide essential early warning, minimising damage to your assets and impact to you business. They can be standalone, remotely monitored or linked to the buildings fire alarm to maximise effectiveness.
To obtain maximum benefit from your fire alarm system and especially in the case of systems designed for the protection of property, the fire service needs to be summoned as quickly as possible. In occupied buildings, the primary means for summoning the fire service should always be a 999 call.
During unoccupied times though, how would the Fire Brigade be alerted to a fire in your premises?
Even if the primary function of your fire alarm is for the protection of life, the system will probably incorporate automatic fire detection throughout a significant proportion of your premises and will afford protection of property by default.
AJ Fire & Security Ltd can supply, install, manage and maintain this service in many cases for as little as £1 per day which is in our view, a small price to pay for added peace of mind. Please contact us and we will happily discuss the many options available to you.
There are many other complimentary systems & services available for your protection; Toilet alarms; Smoke control & venting; Sprinklers & Dry/Wet risers; Portable extinguishers & hose reels; Gaseous fixed extinguishing, water mist & hypoxic environment systems.
Whether you know what you want or are unsure what you need, please contact us and if we will be happy to advise.