Fire Alarm Systems Explained

The benefits of having a fire alarm system installed in your home or commercial property are clear. A fire can cause irreversible and extensive damage to your home and it is just not worth taking the risk. Luckily a fire can be prevented using alarms, detectors and other various systems. Here’s some information about fire systems to help you figure out what would work best for your property.

Manual systems

These systems are purely manual, or manual electric. They rely on the occupants of the building to activate upon discovering a fire. These will be things such as hand bells, gongs and fire extinguishers. These systems are perfect for commercial properties where no one sleeps, as there is no automatic detection or alarm built in.

L systems

These are primarily built and designed to be concerned with saving peoples lives. This means that occupants will be alerted by the system and be able to get out of the building pretty much unharmed. These are mainly built up with automatic detectors installed throughout the whole building, aiming to provide the earliest possible warning. There are several categories in the L systems, ranging from 1-5. Each category indicates the type of sensors, sirens and other aspects to be fitted and where. These systems are ideal for residential care premises.

P systems

The objective of a P system is to alert the fire brigade as soon as possible, ensuring damage to the building by a fire is minimised. Again, these systems are automatic and have different sub categories. They will be designed using fire detectors and sensors. These are usually installed in places where the risk of ignition is high and the contents are very valuable.


When it comes to purchasing an alarm system, it’s good to bear in mind the style you’d like and get an idea of budget. Commercial and industrial systems will be more expensive, but if you’re looking for a manual or smaller system, they can be affordable and save your life.


Most of the time, systems need to be installed by the company themselves. If this is the case, companies will aim to carry out installation of systems quickly and easily with minimal disruption to the property or it’s occupants.

One of the biggest, ongoing benefits of having a fire alarm system installed, aside from the obvious, is that your home or property insurance is greatly decreased. Insurance companies will take your security systems into account and reduce your premium accordingly.