Installation of Heat Detection and Common Fire Alarm Systems
Following on from the release of updated guidance from NFCC led stakeholder group on simultaneous evacuation (see below) and the much publicised cost issues surrounding the use of Waking Watch over any substantial period of time, we are seeing a growing demand for the installation of heat detection and common fire alarms systems.
Sentrad have all the resources and expertise of AD Construction Group available to facilitate the large scale installation of industry approved alarm systems, and the expertise to deliver a professional and considerate service to customers and residents. Furthermore we are one of the few companies in a position to combine Alarm System Installations with a managed and scalable Waking Watch service, offering a greater cost efficiency to clients and residents.
UPDATING THE SIMULTANEOUS EVACUATION GUIDANCE
A Greater Emphasis on Prioritising Common Fire Alarm Installation
In October 2020, the National Fire Chiefs Council released the third edition of the 'Simultaneous Evacuation Guidance - Guidance to support a temporary change to a simultaneous evacuation strategy in purpose-built blocks of flats’ which elaborated and built upon the previous edition released in the Summer of 2018. The new edition takes into account a number of factors when publishing the updated recommendations, such as the protracted length of time it is taking building owners to identify and remedy dangerous inadequate building materials and passive fire protection systems and the costs of the strategies being recommended and/or adopted.
Key changes within the updated document include:
- Advice to consult with residents and leaseholders to explore cost/benefit options, with emphasis placed on the need to fully and properly consider the installation of common fire alarms where measures are now, or are likely in the future to be in place for the longer term.
- Clear distinction between Waking Watch and evacuation management as separate roles.
Definitions for the terms:
- Short-term – the time required to formulate a longer-term remediation plan, as soon as practically possible and no longer than 12 months
- Temporary – non-permanent measures implemented to mitigate an unacceptable risk in a building, as an interim measure, adopted for the safety of residents while works to rectify the identified fire safety failings are carried out.
These amendments underscore the stakeholder group and NFCC’s firm and long held expectation that building owners should move to install common fire alarms as quickly as possible to reduce or remove the dependence on waking watches. This is the clear expectation for buildings where remediation cannot be undertaken in the ‘short term’. This approach should, in almost all circumstances, reduce the financial burden on residents where they are funding the waking watches.
A full copy of the report can be found below.
National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Guidance
(Updated October 2020)
FIRE DETECTION AND COMMON ALARM SYSTEMS
Combining a managed timetable of alarm installations with flexible waking watch services.
Sentrad offers a structured and cost effective solution to delivering an effective Simultaneous Evacuation Policy.
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