Fire alarm systems: balancing safety and budget

Summary

Argues that many workplaces in the UK may be paying out too much for their fire alarm systems by over-specifying. They may be paying for an expensive panel-based system and committing to the heavy maintenance costs that such systems entail, when they do not need one. Argues the a case for facilities managers to install alternatives to expensive panel-based fire alarm systems, such as low-cost modular systems which offer interconnection for up to 20 mains-powered smoke or heat alarms throughout the premises, combined with an element of central control through interfacing with control points and locator switches.

Primary Author(s): Perdell N

Source: Facilities Mgmnt., May 2002, vol.9, no.8, 12-13.

             BSRIA Abstract Doc 000103736 Abs 20020706

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