System Design

Fire Alarm Systems — Types of Fire Alarm SystemsSystem DesignControl of Indicating PanelsDetector HeadsManual Call PointsAlarm SoundersPower UnitsDiversion RelaysSelf Contained Fire AlarmsWiring & InstallationInspection & ServicingStatutory Regulations

Before starting, the designer will need to ensure that certain information is available. This may be given in the specification or it may have to be obtained by consultation. As well as the purchaser, there may be a requirement to consult with other interested parties

Points to consider

  • The type of system required i.e. L1, L2, L3 etc and where appropriate, parts of the premises to be covered.
  • The action to be taken in the event of fire
  • Whether other occupants of a multi occupancy building will be affected
  • Whether other work is to be done at the same time. If so then consultation with other contractors may be required.
  • A Method of calling the Fire Brigade
  • Whether the type of occupants or activity in the building will require a greater provision of Manual Call Points than normal
  • A likely attendance time of the Fire Brigade

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