Schools across the UK have been forced to close recently to avoid catastrophic failure of the structural integrity of the buildings due to RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete). While it’s true that this means UK schools will have to fork our fortunes to retrofit and rebuild their buildings, there are significant cost savings that can be found with installing wireless fire alarm systems over traditional hard-wired systems in preparation for the rebuild.
The safety and security of students and staff within educational institutions are of paramount importance. Among the various safety measures implemented, fire alarm systems play a critical role in ensuring the well-being of everyone on school premises. In recent years, there has been a significant shift towards wireless fire alarm systems in schools. This article delves into the benefits of adopting wireless fire alarm systems in educational settings and how they can improve overall safety whilst carrying out upgrades are building works.
It’s what it sounds like; smoke detectors, heat detectors, manual call points, fire alarm interfaces, sounders and other equipment communicate with the fire alarm panel over a wireless mesh network rather than being cabled. The systems are required to go through the same testing as their wired counterparts and fully comply with BS5839-1:2017.
Crucially though, the fire alarms can be removed and put in storage, then re-installed quickly, easily preventing the need for a new fire alarm system as part of a building refurbishment.
Schools can benefit from this pick-up-and-go solution over the long term, and spread the cost of replacing their buildings over the long term rather than demolishing the entire school at once, and then rebuilding from scratch including all new fire alarm systems.
Replace the fire alarms now, with a wireless system. Then when buildings are renovated, replaced or retrofitted you can remove the fire alarm and reinstall when the new building goes up.
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