This is a question we are asked all the time. Until recently we would have said that wire free systems were mostly unreliable and long term not worth the additional expense. However in recent years there are now newer breeds of system which are proving to be very reliable and much more convenient to install. The upheaval element to your home or office is also vastly reduced.
Where you have an existing system that needs to be upgraded/repaired and the existing cable network is all still operational, we would then normally recommend a wired replacement be considered. However should you wish to have additional detection devices installed or perhaps the existing cable network is suspect then a wire free alternative would now be the preference.
There are now various ranges of ‘Hybrid’ alarm panels that can combine both hard wired and wire free solutions that offer the best of both worlds. In a lot of cases you can continue to use the existing detection devices from your old system provided they are all operational, yet still combine new wire free detection devices without the upheaval of having cables installed.
The intruder alarm market is fast becoming quite innovative in its system design and there are many solutions to most environments both domestic and commercial. Please ring us and discuss any concerns that you may have about either type of system. We provide a FREE no obligation design and quotation service.
In the past ‘Central Station Monitoring’ was considered necessary only for businesses or country houses, not anymore. A central station is a person/s in a building which could be anywhere in the country. Your alarm is constantly being monitored via your telephone line for a possible activation. If this should occur they will get a signal from your alarm. The operator will then telephone the relevant prearranged keyholders to alert them that the system has been activated. In the case of a system that needs Police response the operator would then ring the Police accordingly.
You will be asked when setting up a monitored system for contact telephone numbers, both landline and mobile. A password will also be required which will identify you correctly to the operator who could ring. If Police response is required we would also on your behalf obtain a Unique Reference Number or URN. This too identifies to the Police the system they may need to attend to.
There are different types of monitoring, standard ‘Digi’, RedCare, RedCare GSM, DualCom and DualCom Plus. There are also some IP internet based monitoring services now like Emizon appearing on the market. With regards to RedCare & DualCom we always recommend that you consult with your insurers in the first instance to clarify which service they require you to have installed. There are obviously costs attached to all these services which can be explained to you when you contact us.
So the question is, is it for me? Sometimes it will be specified by your Insurers thus you will not have a choice. However it may be that you like the fact that someone is keeping tabs on your alarm when you are at work or on holiday. What happens if you are away and cannot get back to check your property. With nominated keyholders being alerted this worry is diminished.
By the Regulatory Reform Order 2005 a ‘Fire Risk Assessment’ should be carried out by employers or business owners at any workplace premises. There are five steps that need to be taken.
Step 1) Identify fire hazards – sources of ignition – fuel – work processes.
Step 2) Identify the location of people at risk.
Step 3) Evaluate the risks arising from the hazards and decide whether the existing fire precautions are adequate or whether more should be done to get rid of the hazard or to control the risks (e.g. by improving the fire precautions). Check existing fire safety measurers are adequate and improve if necessary. Consider for example adequacy of Fire Detection/Warning Systems, Emergency Lighting Systems for escape routes and Testing, Service & Maintenance of the Fire Precautions.
Step 4) Record findings and any action taken. Prepare an EMERGENCY PLAN and train all employees.
Step 5) Keep the risk assessment under review, Revise regularly, or if the situation changes (e.g. the use of room or premises changes).
These five steps shown above have been taken from the publication, Fire Safety Risk Assessment In Offices & Shops. This guide and 10 others are obtainable from the www.communities.gov.uk website and from the Stationary Office. If in doubt consult your local fire officer.