Fire Alarm & Security System Installers In Edinburgh

JBE Scotland Ltd in Edinburgh has the experience, commitment and resources to ensure the security protection of people and property. From the initial project conception through to handover, JBE are fire alarm and security system installers who offer a whole range of integrated fire & security services for commercial, industrial and domestic applications.

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With all new installations, service and maintenance is carried out in strict accordance with the current British Standards.  Fire alarm service and security systems maintenance to BS 5839 Part 1 and emergency lighting to BS 5266 Part 8. 

All of our fire alarm installation and security service technicians are required to complete our stringent training and competency regime and many hold a City and Guilds 236 Electrical Installation certificate.

On-going training for our fire alarm service technicians – both practical and theoretical – ensures they are fully aware of any changes in legislation, to provide safety, protection and lawfulness to our customers.

Fire Alarm Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is not only a requirement of the current standards but also ensures that your fire safety systems provide you with continuous coverage.  Arguably, JBE offer the best level of service available and all fire alarm technicians are able to service and maintain all types of equipment – regardless of their manufacturer – with the added advantage of being able to service combined systems in one visit – ultimately saving you money.

We offer installation, servicing and maintenance of all aspects of fire alarms and a planned schedule – set up to ensure that over any given period of time, all of these aspects of fire alarm maintenance are absolutely necessary. We recommend having a service plan for your fire alarm system, to ensure compliance with local authority regulations.

Routine inspection; the regular testing and inspection of fire alarm system installations are always necessary. Depending on the type of system you have and the environment in which it is installed, our engineers carry out all tests and inspections required to confirm the correct operation of the system. We also check for changes in the building’s use or structural changes that may affect the design or effectiveness of the alarm system.

Before any alarm system installation can be carried out, a thorough fire risk assessment needs to be carried out. The type of fire alarm system that is installed is actually usually decided by the local authorities and not by the installation and maintenance team or by the building owners.

Servicing and maintenance; any reputable company wanting to service a fire alarm system will have received training from the fire alarm manufacturers. It is then recommended that any system be tested on a weekly basis during normal working hours. It is then recommended that on a regular basis the following fire alarm maintenance points should be carried out:

Regular checks of batteries in case of mains failure.

Check and clean smoke detectors.

Replace sealed lead acid batteries.

Types Of Fire Alarms

There are several types of fire systems and they are designated by letters as follows:

M Fire Alarm Systems

These  comprise of manual call points where recommended and raise the alarm throughout the building – usually found on escape routes, staircases etc. There is no automatic fire detection built in and is operated by someone raising the alarm.

L Fire Alarm System

These are primarily concerned with preserving life and enabling all occupants – other than those immediately affected by the fire, to make escape from the building. There are several categories within the L system identified as L1 through to L5 (lesser). The sub-categories denote the type of automatic sensors, sirens and beacons to be fitted and where. As these systems are designed primarily to evacuate individuals from the building and prevent injury/loss of life, then the system may not automatically call for the brigade. Protection of property is dealt with by:

P Fire Alarm Systems

These denote an automatic fire detection system; installed to take on the additional task of not only preserving life but also to protect the building and contents when the building is quiet or unoccupied. The system should automatically dial out to the brigade as a matter of course. Again there are various sub-categories from P1 to P5, where the type of protection from the sensors used may be varied.

Fire systems may be configured by mixing and matching categories to produce an alarm fit for purpose in any premises. Also bear in mind that the construction of the building should be such that fire resistant materials are to be used – which can slow down the spread of a major fire and its gases, thus giving people the time they need to escape once the alarm has been raised. The object of the automatic fire detection system is to raise the alarm at the earliest possible moment to allow an escape.

Radio based, wire-free fire alarms offer a solution on premises where it is not practicable to disrupt a building whilst engineers cable in a conventional system.

Wire-free systems offer unique benefits in that the sensors can quickly be put in place with very little damage caused to the building fabric. There are no expensive fire resistant cables to consider and the system can easily be upgraded if the building is modified.

Full analogue addressable systems are available and range from 4 to 96 zones in size. These systems are fully networkable with radio LAN and have a wide range of devices available.The radio frequencies used are licence free and the equipment is fully approved. The technology is well tried and the UHF radio frequencies  used have never been known to have had an interference triggered false alarm.

There are several advantages to installing wireless fire alarm systems; the main being that because  there are no wires, the installation is less disruptive to your existing decor.

The detectors and call Points on wireless fire alarm systems transmit back to the control panel on a secure wireless radio bandwidth. This eliminates the need to run cables to each of the system  call points and detectors.

It is the running of these cables that takes time and causes damage to the building fabric. Thus installing wireless fire alarms saves our clients labour and re decoration costs. The wireless bandwidth used by the alarm systems can be adjusted to avoid interference with any other systems.

Disruption to staff, customers and tenants is kept to a minimum as wireless detectors, sounders or call points can be pre-programmed and it only takes a few minutes to attach each unit where required with two screws.

There is no need to close part of the building during installation of a wireless fire alarm, as our engineers will work around usage. If there is an existing wired system and extra detection is needed i.e. a hotel that does not have detection and sounders in the bedrooms, a wireless fire alarm system can be installed alongside.

The wireless system would be linked to the existing system to make the hotel compliant to L2 BS5839. If either panel then goes to ‘fire’ the sounders will activate across both systems.

Full maintenance services are available for wireless fire alarms – but please note that if we link onto an existing system we will need to be the maintainers of both systems.

For further information or quotation please contact our office.