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Fire detection and alarm systems are used to detect and alert occupants in the event of a fire-related emergency. These systems typically use a combination of heat, ionisation smoke, optical smoke and carbon monoxide detection methods.

The most secure, efficient fire detection and alarm system will use several of these types of detectors in conjunction with each other. Each detector is either mains linked or is a wireless / radio device that connects with all other detectors, call points, break glasses and sounders/visual indicator devices in the system. This means that should one detector detect a fire, the message is then relayed to all of the other connected devices.

These types of fire detection system are mains-powered but incorporate a battery backup for when the main power supply fails.
When all alarms and sounders are activated in a fire detection system, it gives the occupants of the premises more time to escape before the exits are blocked or damaged by the fire. Singular alarms will only alert the immediate area rather than the surrounding premises that may also be/become compromised.

Fire deaths have been significantly reduced in recent years through the development of better fire detection systems. As a result, response times have also increased and nuisance activations have been lowered. Advances in fire detection technology mean that modern detectors are safer than ever before.

There are many types of fire alarm systems each suited to different building types and applications. A fire detection system can vary dramatically in both price and complexity, from a single panel with a detector and sounder in a small commercial property to an addressable fire alarm system in a
multi-occupancy building. Systems have to protect both buildings and occupants.

The categories of fire alarm systems are L if they are designed to protect life, P to protect buildings and M if they are manual systems.

Here at Channel we work with number of industry leading manufacturers including:
Apollo, FIKE, Cranford Controls, Kentec, Ziton, GST, Solo, Morley, Nittan, C-Tec, Hochiki and Xtralis.