Since the tragedy that occurred in Grenfell Tower in 2017, the safety of residents in high rise buildings has been a topic of concern for many. Be it residents, landlords, property managers, insurers, leaseholders, facility managers or the government, the issue on how to ensure safety for high rise residents has been a priority. Waking Watch is a system whereby suitably trained personnel patrol buildings 24/7 inside and out to look for fires or risk of fires. It is a system for use in buildings which have been identified as having unsafe cladding or lack adequate fire alarm and evacuation alert systems. This solution is a requirement for most insurance companies to continue to offer cover until the cladding is replaced and adequate systems are installed.
Security Assured can provide Waking Watch for your building while we install the required systems. The government have a Waking Watch relief fund open for applications until 24th June 2021. Please use the following link to see if you are eligible to claim a share of the £30million fund.
We are experts in fire alarm installation and maintenance and can offer you a range of solutions for your building. We specialise in wireless (RF- radio frequency fire alarm systems) which enables all installed devices to communicate with a main control panel without the need for wiring. This means minimum disruption and it also keeps costs down.
Note: We are BAFE accredited to ensure all our design and installs are to the highest standards and compliant with all British regulations.
Evacuation Alert Systems
In 2019 BS 8629:2019 was introduced with the purpose of preventing another tragedy like Grenfell.
It is a code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by fire and rescue services in buildings containing flats. (Source BSIGroup.com)
This sets out the requirement and standards for an Evacuation Alert System (EAS) to be installed in any block of flats that stands 18metres or taller from the ground.
What is an Evacuation Alert System?
It is a system used by the fire and rescue services to control evacuation of a building. An EAS does not detect fire or heat like a fire alarm would, but instead it is a system designed to alert residents when it is time for them to evacuate.
Let us say for example, there is a fire in the communal area of an apartment building. Alerting the entire block to evacuate would be unnecessary and potentially dangerous. In this case, the EAS could be used to alert any residents in immediate danger (via an alarm in their flat) to evacuate while others stay safely inside their home.
Or imagine all the residents rushing down the stair well at the same time as the fire fighters are trying to get up to a fire on the eighth floor. It would be chaos and almost impossible for the fire fighters to quickly get to the fire. The EAS could be used to get those on floors seven, eight and nine out first, avoiding a stampede in the communal area.
Security Assured can install wireless Evacuation Alert System’s meaning minimum disruption for the residents and the building. The wireless option is ideal for historic buildings as there would be no need to run wires through the brickwork.