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Many fires are noticed by people before fire alarms detect the threat. That can often be the case in large structures like commercial buildings and construction sites, and people often see flames before detectors sense the smoke or heat. That is the reason why fire call points are so crucial in buildings and worksites.

After carrying out a fire risk assessment you will know where to place your fire call points and how many you will need. Here at Seton we supply a huge range of fire call points that will fulfil all of your needs. See below for our comprehensive buying guide.

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What Are Fire Alarm Call Points?

Most people will be familiar with the break glass fire alarm device commonly seen in public buildings. They are wall-mounted units which allow an individual to raise the alarm in the event of a fire emergency by breaking the glass and pressing a sensor. This sensor then activates the rest of the alarm system throughout the building or worksite. Typically, a fire alarm call point is bright red to catch attention, and the sensor is a frangible element in the centre of the alarm.

How Many Fire Alarm Call Points Do I Need?

As with all aspects of health and safety in the workplace, there are several regulations to follow when choosing how many manual call point fire alarms you need in your building and where to place your fire alarm call points.

According to UK health and safety standards and fire alarm regulations, calls points should be installed in places where they are clearly visible and can be easily identified. The call points need to be mounted in such a way that they are easily accessible, and as a result, according to fire alarm regulations, they should be installed between 1.2m and 1.6m from the floor.
It is vital that, in the event of an emergency, all fire call points can be easily reached – no one should have to travel over 45m to reach an alarm call point, and in environments where a fire could spread rapidly, the maximum distance is shortened to 20m.

When deciding where to place fire call points, it is essential to remember to put them near areas where risks are higher, such as kitchens.

Finally, when choosing where to place fire call points, it is crucial to put them on all of the escape routes from a building or worksite. They should also be installed at all of the exits from each floor, and the building itself.

A manual call point can be mounted either in a stairwell or on a floor; the important thing is that the call points are on the emergency exit route and the individual activating the manual call point does not need to deviate from the emergency route when activating the alarm.

As UK legislation is continually updated to reflect the latest information, it is necessary to consult the BSI safety standards and UK health and safety standards during the risk assessment of your property to ensure that your building or worksite is up to code on all fire alarm regulations.

Choosing The Right Manual Call Point Fire Alarms

Before your fire call point and fire alarm installation, you should consider your building’s needs and choose the right kinds of break glass fire alarm for your worksite or building. For example, in buildings where there is no electricity, such as construction sites, the Megalarm Wireless Fire Alarm System is an ideal choice as it does not require wiring to be installed.

For indoor and outdoor environments, the Universal Manual Call Point is a solid choice as it is weatherproof, its cover can be replaced easily after use, and it has a vivid and eye-catching red colour.

Alternatively, if you want to create an intelligent fire detection network in your building, you can use the XP95 Intelligent Manual Call Point, which is designed to work as part of a holistic fire detection system.

Once your fire alarm installation is finished, and all of your fire call points are installed, it is important to make sure that the fire call points are paired with a Fire Alarm Call Point Sign. A fire alarm call point sign is essential for clearly demarcating the fire call points and saving time in an emergency.

How Do I Protect and Maintain My Manual Call Point?

Once you have installed your call points, it is vital to regularly maintain them and check that they are operative. You can do this using a Manual Call Point Test Key which allows for regular testing and can also be used to remove any broken glass panels in the call points. A call point test key that complies with EN54 is easy to use and is also important for maintaining health and safety standards.

Fire alarm call point covers are also essential for maintaining the integrity of your manual call point fire alarms. Call point covers are needed to protect call points from weather damage and other wear and tear that they will experience when they are installed in an indoor or outdoor location.

Importantly, the call point covers also prevent the accidental activation of the call points. That is important for maintaining safety on a worksite and for avoiding costly and wasteful unintentional activations.

There are several different kinds of call point covers to choose from which are all suited to specific environments and needs. These are some of the different types of covers you can choose from:
  • Indoor call points – Mini Call Point Covers are a great choice as they are small, easy to install, and can securely fit onto call points without restricting usage.

  • Indoor and outdoor call points – Weatherproof Fire Call Point Covers are perfect for outdoor environments or damp places like swimming pools as they provide access to the call point, without allowing any moisture to corrode the call point fire alarms.

  • Concerns about false alarms – if you have concerns about your call points being used illegitimately, you can protect your call points with Alarmed Call Point Covers. These large, unique covers do not prevent the call points from being used in an actual emergency, however, they do protect call points from being damaged by vandalism, weather, or accidental activation.

  • High-use areas – to protect your calls points and fire alarms in areas that experience a high volume of traffic or use, you can use a Protective Cage. These cages will protect the call points from being accidentally activated or unintentionally damaged.

As always, as vital as it is to ensure that your building is up to code on all health and safety regulations, it is just as important that all of the employees and visitors in a building understand what to do in the event of an emergency and are aware of the best evacuation routes.