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Automatic fire alarm systems in workplaces

​Why should my business have an automatic fire alarm system?

The safety of your building and its occupants can be greatly enhanced by the installation of an automatic fire alarm (AFA) system.  Properly used and maintained, the system can be a significant factor in reducing the risk to life and property in the event of a fire.

Automatic fire alarm systems should be fitted and regularly maintained by a qualified electrical or fire engineer. 

What standard should my automatic fire alarm system be fitted to?

Your automatic fire alarm system should conform to British Standard BS 5839-1:2013.

How would my premises be monitored?

The Fire and Rescue Service do not monitor premises for automatic fire alarm system activation.

You may wish your automatic fire alarm system to be monitored by an independent monitoring company.  The installer of your system will be able to give you advice on arranging this. 

Who should I supply keyholder information to?

The Fire and Rescue Service do not hold information about keyholders.

If your automatic fire alarm system is monitored by an independent monitoring company, you must ensure that they have up to date information about keyholders for your premises. 

If you have a key safe for your property, you must inform the Fire and Rescue Service of its location, and ensure that the key inside is kept up to date.

Key safe systems: faster response to fire alarms in your workplace

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