Fire Alarm Call Points
What Are Fire Alarm Call Points?
We’ve all seen a manual call point, in public buildings, hospitals and offices. They are familiar with their bright red housing and box-like shape. It allows anyone to raise the alarm in the event of a fire by pressing a button.
Fortunately, glass is no longer used as it was expensive to repair and perhaps unsurprisingly, people got injured. Plastic elements are now used and must be firmly pressed to set the alarm off to avoid accidental triggers.
Once triggered, it will send a signal to a control panel where the set protocol can take over, whether that is to automatically notify emergency services, individual monitoring the system or something similar. It is another form of fire detection that relies on people rather than sensors to detect smoke or heat.
What are the Health & Safety Regulations behind the Fire Alarm Call Points?
Following the guidance provided by the Health And Safety Standards about fire alarm regulations, fire alarms must be installed in places where everyone can quickly spot them. Your fire protection consultant will advise you that the call point should be installed as part of a fire alarm system, anywhere between 1.2 – 1.6 meters high so that it is easily accessible and visible for anyone.
Manual call points are typically placed along all exit routes and by all staircases within a building or site. It is required that these call points can always be found within 30 meters of one another. The most important thing is that the fire alarm points should be installed in such a way that no one will be required to deviate from the escape route to activate them. A risk assessment will unveil any changes that you need to make to your fire alarm system in order to keep your premises safe. It will also help you remain compliant with any recent changes of the BSI Safety Standards and the UK Health & Safety Standards.
How Do I Choose the Right Manual Call Point Fire Alarm?
Depending on the type of premises, some fire alarm call points will be more suitable than others.
- For small building sites as well as construction site cabins, the Mini Guard Plus offers a loud 108dB sounder and it can also be linked with additional fire alarms.
- For construction sites, builder yards and other premises with a lot of noise, the Tough Guard fire alarms are an ideal choice.
- For larger or noisier premises, we recommend the Site Master Break Glass. It includes an extremely loud alarm (110dB) which is audible from great distances and its breakable glass can also be reset. Alternatively, we also provide the version with a button.
- If you require a quick setup, without the installation of any external wiring, then the Site Guard Plus range is ideal for you. We offer break-glass and push-button options, which can be further integrated with other Evacuator products. They have been designed with a powerful 118dB sounder, and are very simple to operate.
A Fire Risk Assessment will ensure that you have the right fire alarms installed in the right places. Here at Evacuator Alarms, we provide a wide range of manual fire alarm call points designed for different types of buildings. If you require more information, visit our comprehensive guide on Fire Alarm Call Points, or get in touch with one of our friendly experts.