By Kerry Duddy
KDS Fire & Security
As is the case across the board in today’s ever developing security industry, compliance with the latest standards and certifications is crucial for commercial premises owners seeking to put in place the kind of infrastructure that is guaranteed to protect their business and employees while simultaneously providing reassurance to their insurance company.
The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) have adopted a specific European (EN) standard relating to fire detection and alarm systems for buildings – this standard is called I.S. 3218:2013 and it sets out the requirements that installers of fire alarm systems must comply with in order to meet this standard.
For business owners considering buying, renting or leasing a commercial building, it is vitally important to ensure that a fire commissioning certificate is achievable and that the fire alarm system put in place is installed by specialist providers to meet all of the I.S. 3218:2013 compliance requirements.
Depending on the nature of the business and the type of building that we are protecting, business owners should look to put in place an appropriate category of fire alarm system. An understanding of the level of protection provided by each category of system is very helpful for the business owner in ensuring that they make an informed choice which meets all of the relevant standards.
Category L1 – provides detection throughout the entire premises with automatic detectors placed across the entire premises. Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities are good examples of buildings that would have this type of system.
Category L2 – This sees fire detection put in place on all escape routes, and high risk areas. For example, detectors would be placed in rooms beside escape routes and also in other designated high risk areas.
Category L3 – Early warning to all occupants of the building is the focus of this type of system design. The priority here is to ensure that all occupants are communicated with quickly and effectively enough to guarantee a fast and safe exit from the building while the escape routes are still clear.
Category L4 – A Category 4 system provides cover exclusively for escape routes from the building. In almost all cases the escape routes will be populated with detectors and the absolute priority of the installation is the secure protection of the escape routes from the building.
At KDS Fire & Security our industry experience ensures that we are well placed to best advise commercial customers in relation to the design, installation and standard of fire alarm system that they should have in place.
A recent and relevant example of an installation carried out by KDS Fire & Security took place in a well known college in the greater Dublin area. This was a fully wireless installation of a category L3 system. We were able to successfully tie in with an existing wired legacy system. The walls in this building were over a metre thick so our wireless solution was designed specifically to function within this environment. With repeaters installed throughout the premises, our testing showed the system to be functioning with exactly the same effect as a wired system. The Customer was happy with the Hybrid system, and also with the reduced labour costs and installation time which resulted from their choice of a wireless solution.
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