Fire & Intruder Alarm Monitoring
Are you at work 24/7/365? If not, then who's going to tell you when something goes wrong?
67% of all major fires occur at times when buildings are closed or unoccupied – after 6pm.
Every week £40 million of damage and costs result from arson in the UK
Put simply, monitoring is the means whereby your premises, or any other building can be protected on a 24/7 basis via a link to a remote monitoring station, meaning that at any time of the day or night you will be notified if the alarm goes into fault, and the emergency services can be sent to your premises in the event of a fire.
Why would I need Monitoring?
Monitoring is something every business should consider carefully. You may have the most efficient fire alarm or security system on the market, but if its night time or a weekend and no-one hears it go off, by the time anything is done about it your premises could be a burning ruin.
1. Life Protection:
In most scenarios, if the alarm goes off onsite during working hour’s staff will hear it and be able to take appropriate action. Possible scenarios that may require monitoring during working hours include remote / lone worker protection, giving an extra level of confidence and support to persons in these situations.
Quite apart from this is the fact that the monitoring stations can often alert and call the fire service before workers on site can assess the seriousness of the situation, deciding whether they can deal with the scenario themselves. By reducing the time it takes for the fire and rescue services to arrive and start tackling a blaze lessens the threat to life, property and business continuity.
2. Asset Protection:
When you assess the reality of the situation, and the potential consequences to your business of a break in or a fire, you need to decide whether you can afford to take the risk of going without an efficient monitoring solution. You should bear in mind the fact that a high percentage of businesses do not recover from, or are under insured against fire – an eventuality which is more likely to take place when the building is unoccupied. This fact makes monitoring essential if your premises are empty or vulnerable to the risk of arson.
Monitoring is not an expensive investment, and the installation of the relay to the alarm panel is a one off expense. After set up the contract can be arranged to automatically renew each year, leaving you with total peace of mind that your assets and livelihood are protected.
Contact us today to develop a ‘Peace of Mind’ solution for your premises!
Monitoring Jargon Buster
ARC – Alarm Receiving Centre, or the monitoring station.
GPRS – Mobile phone network link, that packet data is sent on as a full time, or backup monitoring link.
Dual Path – The alarm is connected to the ARC via more than one link, meaning that in the event of the main line failing, your alarm can still be monitored.
Digital Communicator – The means whereby alarm signals from the fire or intruder alarm panel can be communicated to the monitoring station, via the communications chip supplied by the ARC. It is linked directly into the alarm panel, and depending on the chosen type of monitoring may require it`s own telephone line as a primary link.
Constant Pulsing – All of our grade 4 systems constantly send and receive signals to and from the monitoring station to ensure the line is functioning. If the line breaks the monitoring network will continue to send pulses for 3 minutes to try to re-connect the line. Failing this, a fault will be reported to the ARC.