A good tenant pays on time and keeps the property in good order ( tidy and clean ) A good landlord keeps the property to regulation and ensures all measures are taken to keep the tenants safe.
The following will identify measures that may need rectification.
We will start with type of fire system that may be required either by regulation or council officer requirement.
You need to call us for a free survey if you require clarification on building or electrical works to bring a property up to standard. It seems strange to say but the requirements can vary from council to council it all depends on how the regulations are interpreted.
A fire alarm system should have a design certificate signed and this should be signed by a trained competant person. The installation should also be signed by a trained engineer. The maintenance should be also carried out twice a year and certified on each visit. This is the law and if you are found to be breaking the law then insurance cover becomes void and you then become responsible for all damage and injury to all parties affected by a fire. Be warned.
The reason we have fire doors within properties is to give people a chance to escape fire through an escape route. Fire doors are rated at 30 minutes or more depending on requirement this is the time it will take fire to burn through.
All doors leading from an escape route should be fire rated. Walls lining the escape route should be fire rated this could also include fire resistant paint depending on the application. All ceilings should be fire rated. Not only are the doors fire rated but they give better security than normal doors by the way they are constructed. The doors or the door frames should have a fire strip that when heated expands to seal the door opening.
The doors should be self closing with door closers fitted to each door. In some commercial applications magnetic door retainers keep the door in the open position only closing automatically when the fire alarm system is activated.
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Emergency lighting is a requirement by law through the regulations. Once again the design is important as to give the right light levels in the event of power loss in the dead of night, you can't rely on street lighting as they might suffer from the same power loss. You have to light the way out of a building with adequate light levels from landings to stairs to the external pathway to a safe area. The minimum light level is 1 lux along these pathways. This is something that a proffesional designer will ensure in the planning stage. The testing has to be done when its dark as to give the correct readings. Once again when installed it has to be maintained and a log kept of all visits and tests. Tested once a month to make sure the lights work with a full test every year with a full 3 hour drain down. With this in mind be aware that all the lamps after 12 months will need replacing unless you have up to date LED emeregancy lights.
Emergency lights come in all shapes and sizes from a brick shop to a flush mounted ceiling unit fluorescent lights with battery backs . Circular dish shaped lights.
The rules are that the escape routes have to illuminated in case of total power fail not just for fire but any time. The minimum standby period is 3 hours and they have to light up all the escape route so you can see from point to point. Stair wells landing corridors any where that requires lighting.
There should be a log book within the protected area next to emergency lighting test points. The lights should be checked on a regular basis and results recorded in the log book. An engineer should call twice a year to carry out tests and this would also be recorded.
This is a typical emergency light test switch and test key you may require a bank of these switches covering different area's then they would be labelled for identification.
If a fire system is required ( normal with multi occupancy )one of the best systems to install is the Rafiki twin wire system, you are able to link fire and smoke detection on the same cable as the sounder and call point circuit. This saves time and money on a medium to large installation and is very reliable.
The system requirement ( category ) is usually decided by the fire officer, we can design the system and then speak to the relevant body who will advise on what's required.
The system would be installed and commissioned by ourselves and a certificate issued when complete.
We would also issue you with a log book that has to kept on site and all activities from activation of alarm to testing the alarm recorded. The system would be maintained by ourselves twice a year and a certificate issued after each visit.
Once again we are only a phone call away and we will specify and price a system suitable for your requirements.
We are now getting serious an addressable system says exactly what it is every device, sounder call point smoke detector heat detector has its own identity or address they are connected to one ring ciruit call a loop and information is gathered from each devise giving you up to date information. The loop system can be then separated into zones . Sounds very complicated, but once installed it manages your fire alarm very efficiently.. These systems are used in medium to large commercial applications.
Twin wire or addressable all work on a similar principle as with the picture they are all linked together