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Halma plc joins Fire Section at Euralarm

The Board of Euralarm has announced the newest member of the organisation. Halma plc is to join the Fire Section of Euralarm and will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation towards European institutions and standardisation organisations. This includes the monitoring of legislative and standardisation issues relevant to the industry.

Halma plc will have access to the extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sectors which form Euralarm’s membership. The new membership for Halma plc will create opportunities for both sides as it also strengthens the association.

Halma plc is a global group of technology companies. Its Fire and Security Division provides products that protect both lives and property. Within the fire detection and alarm sector these products include wired and wireless fire detection (smoke, heat, gas, multi), audible and visual warning devices, beam and flame detectors, single or networked control and indicating systems.

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In the field of security, the company offers wired and wireless security product solutions covering end user applications from small residential projects through to large-scale commercial premises.

Companies joining Euralarm gain a unique insight into what’s happening on other European markets and the opportunities that they might offer. They not only tap into the political expertise and understanding of the EU policy, but can also make personal connections with technical and political experts and potential business partners.

Being a member of Euralarm enables companies and associations to gain expertise on standardisation. Members have their voice heard in Brussels and can support and direct standardisation and legislative processes.

Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy-makers and standards bodies. Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies valued at 67 billion Euros. Euralarm’s members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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False fire alarms “can cost economy £1 billion and stretch Fire Services” states Siemens Building Technologies

Siemens Building Technologies is warning UK businesses about the potential consequences of false fire alarms during the busiest period of the year. False alarms from remotely-monitored fire detection and fire alarm systems cost the UK economy an estimated £1 billion in business disruption* with 95% of automatically-generated alarms being proven to be false**. This places Fire and Rescue Services and the public at unnecessary risk.

“The majority of automatic fire alarm calls are proven to be false and often caused by either false fire triggers or the inadequate maintenance of alarm systems,” commented Don Scott, fire engineering consultant at Siemens Building Technologies.  “Christmas is already a time of heightened risk of fire for many businesses with the Fire and Rescue Services stretched to capacity across the country.  False alarms create further pressures when the Emergency Services have to challenge whether alarms are genuine before attending incidents – the time lost could end up costing thousands of pounds in repairs or, at worst, put lives at risk.”

Ionisation or single-sensor optical smoke detectors are a common cause of false alarm activations as they have difficulty in accurately distinguishing between airborne pollutants, such as steam, aerosols, dust, cooking fumes, insects, sparks, embers and a real fire. The incorrect siting of detectors can also be triggered if there’s excessive air movement from mechanical heating or ventilation.

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Multi-sensor detectors are responsive to more than one fire phenomena (ie smoke, heat and carbon monoxide) and are proven to be more immune to false alarm phenomena, thereby giving fewer false activations. For more stringent applications, beam detectors, heat detectors and aspirating detectors are available.

Regular maintenance programmes

A regular maintenance programme ensures the correct functioning of a fire alarm system. Inadequate servicing and testing compromise safety. If an alarm system is ageing or becoming unreliable, replacement is advised when offset against the cost of disruption to a business. Generally, detectors should be replaced every ten to 15 years, depending upon the environment in which they’re installed and the manufacturers’ recommendations.

Dave Green, national officer at the Fire Brigades Union, added: “False alarms use up resources which could be better served elsewhere. They also increase response times to actual emergencies. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Fire Services should always be called when any alarm is raised.”

Green concluded: “Fire Services are under more pressure than ever before, dealing with more incidents and more fires, but with increasingly fewer firefighters. Since 2009, there has been a 23% decrease in the number of firefighters across the UK. This huge decrease in the number of firefighters has meant that preventative work, which would help to reduce the number of false alarms, has worryingly fallen by the wayside.”

Sources
*https://www.bre.co.uk/page.jsp?id=3527
**https://www.abi.org.uk/globalassets/files/publications/public/property/2018/07/abi-fpa-detection-demonstration-report-2018.pdf

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Comelit offers five-year guarantee across range of fire detection solutions

Comelit UK is now offering a free five-year guarantee from the date of manufacture as standard across the company’s complete range of fire detection solutions.

The Italian security systems manufacturer, known for its high specification solutions, has brought to market in the UK an innovative range of automatic fire detection systems, including conventional and addressable panels, that have already proven successful with end users across Europe.

Already pledging its commitment to the sector by becoming a member of the Fire Industry Association and ensuring its complete fire detection systems range complies with all of the latest standards, Comelit’s new five-year guarantee provides further assurance and customer peace of mind.

Colin Smith, Comelit UK’s fire solutions manager, stated: “The launch of our fire detection range was a huge responsibility to meet market demand, and one that we continue to take very seriously. Our products aim to save lives and protect property from the risk of fire. The five-year guarantee endorses our commitment to our customers in providing reliable and quality fire detection systems.”

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Comelit’s fire detection range presents solutions to accommodate all building types and facility requirements, with the option to design bespoke systems for end users where necessary. Both the ATENA and ERACLE solutions feature smoke, heat and multi-sensor detectors as well as IP-rated devices including sounders and Call Points.

Also available is Comelit’s ATEX solutions that can be used in reference to zones where there’s a risk of explosion due to the nature of the atmosphere and the elements it may contain.

Each system is supplied with accessories to complete given installations.

*To find out more about Comelit’s Fire Division and the solutions offered visit https://www.comelitgroup.com/en-gb/

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Eaton Electrical Products becomes member of Euralarm

Euralarm has welcomed Eaton Electrical Products as its newest member. The company will join the Fire Section of Euralarm, which focuses on subjects including fire detection, notification and building evacuation in the event of a blaze.

Eaton Electrical Products will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation in front of European institutions and standardisation organisations and the monitoring of relevant legislative and standardisation issues. The business will also have access to Euralarm’s extended network of national associations and major companies in the fire safety and security sector.

Eaton’s technologies help customers manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton Electrical Products’ solutions include fire alarm devices, fire detection systems, PA and voice alarm systems as well as security systems and intruder alarms.

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Insight in European markets

One of Euralarm’s objectives is to provide an open, transparent and equal platform for Members of all sizes, including by monitoring trends in European and global markets, informing members on developments and promoting action where appropriate.

Additionally, Euralarm uses professional advocacy – when appropriate – to achieve its goals, including building close relations and constructive dialogue with related industries, associations, standardisation, testing and certification bodies and political authorities (including relevant European Commission Directorates).

Companies joining Euralarm gain expertise into ‘political’ issues impacting the industry and its markets and have an opportunity to influence the industry by having a say directly into Brussels.

Euralarm represents the fire and security Industry, providing leadership and expertise for policy makers and standards bodies. Its members make society safer and secure through systems and services for fire detection, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring and alarm transmission.

Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry valued at 67 billion Euros. Members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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Kentec’s next generation Taktis fire panel for larger sites takes centre stage at Security Essen

Kentec is showcasing its life-critical control systems at Security Essen 2018*, with the company’s next generation Taktis 16-loop analogue addressable fire panel taking centre stage on Stand A28 from 25-28 September.

The Taktis 16L extends the current Taktis fire panel to provide up to 144 zone indications. It supports more than 2,000 detection devices and can network anything up to 128 panels, making this solution ideal for larger end user sites such as schools, hospitals, multi-site retail/supermarkets, critical infrastructure and major commercial and industrial facilities.

Also on Stand A28 and launched this year will be Kentec’s Ockular software solution, giving building managers complete control over fire detection and monitoring. It enables the creation of a 2D site map of any location or building to monitor fire safety and detection, and automatically switches to an area where a fire device has been activated to allow immediate viewing and investigation of an event.

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Visitors will also see how Vizulinx, a sophisticated yet easy-to-use fire alarm management solution, enables building managers and service providers to monitor and control fire systems remotely. It passes fire system events via e-mail, SMS, Modbus and BACnet message format using a standard IP connection.

Kevin Swann, managing director of Kentec, commented: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating to visitors how Kentec’s products have been conceived, designed and manufactured with both the end user and installer in mind. Taktis 16L takes us to an exciting new era where the panel can be used to protect the very largest sites and infrastructures, while Vizulinx and Ockular have been developed to ensure that fire detection management is highly efficient, practical and effective.”

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From the extinguishing side, Kentec’s robust and easy-to-install Sigma XT and Syncro XT ranges will be on display.

*Security Essen attracts more than 1,000 exhibitors and 42,000 trade visitors each year

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Euralarm publishes results of study on false alarms

Euralarm, the European association representing the electronic fire and security industry, has carried out a European study on false alarms. The results have now been issued in paperback format by specialist publisher Eric Schmidt Verlag, with the finalised document – entitled ‘False Alarm Study: False Alarm Data Collection and Analysis from Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems in Selected European Countries’ – available on Amazon.

The study on false alarms was conducted by a Task Group of Euralarm consisting of experts in the field of fire safety technologies, with Sebastian Festag (Editor of the new publication) from Heaktron serving as chairman.

The study focuses on false alarm data collection and analysis from fire detection and fire alarm systems in selected European countries.

In some European countries, the impact of budget cuts, coupled with a perceived high rate of false alarms, has realised changes in the typical reaction of fire services. In some countries, for example, verification is required before intervention forces are deployed in order to avoid unjustified costs. However, this calculation is limited to the impact of false alarms on fire services alone. It could lead to an increase in risk around life safety and inflict more cost overall to society. The study seeks to establish the true cost of false alarms from country to country.

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Evaluation basis

Through its scientific approach, the study offers a clarification of false alarms as a phenomenon. It includes a description of the processes to initiate fire service intervention and formulas to calculate false alarm ratios, as well as a methodology of the overall analysis. This allows for a precise picture of the situation in selected European countries as regards false alarms. Germany, Great Britain/England, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria/Vorarlberg are covered in the study.

The study also contains recommendations and strategies to reduce false alarms, which are based on carefully examined statistics on fires and, in particular, the number of fire alarms due to the detection of actual fires by fire alarm systems compared to the false alarm rate.

The Euralarm Task Group argues that the topic of false alarms must be increasingly integrated into fire protection and fire alarm strategies. Handling false alarms must become an active part of the management of a site. The Euralarm study gives recommendations to realise this end goal.

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Chubb wins prestigious Fire Safety & Security Award at 2018 Electrical Review Excellence Awards

Chubb Fire & Security has won the Fire Safety & Security Award at the Electrical Review Excellence Awards 2018 for its design and installation of an innovative wireless fire detection system at the prestigious Queen’s Hotel in Penzance.

The Electrical Review Excellence Awards recognise projects that embrace the latest in electrical engineering, display forward-thinking design and implementation and champion the highest environmental, safety and energy efficiency standards.

The Judges were looking for evidence of how the key objectives were fulfilled, as well as examples of innovation, smart thinking, clever design, effective technical solutions and collaborative problem solving.

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The Queen’s Hotel turned to Chubb after a series of local fires led the management team to review their fire safety requirements across the whole estate. Chubb installed more than 400 wireless detectors all networked to the fire detection panel in the hotel’s main reception. It’s a fully-zoned and addressable system that gives hotel management immediate visibility on where an alarm has been generated.

A wireless system was chosen to minimise the cabling work that would have meant the temporary closure of the hotel. Installation was phased such that at no stage was the hotel without fire protection.

Graham Brimson, South West regional director for Chubb, stated that the accolade is recognition of the dedication and hard work of the Chubb team.

“Our team of engineers and installers did a great job to complete the installation at the hotel within two weeks with a minimum of disruption to guests and staff,” enthused Brimson. “The feedback from the hotel was extremely complimentary, and we’re very pleased to have received this additional accolade for the project.”

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