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Commercial Fire Alarm systems fully compliant with BAFE legislation

When your Responsible Person needs to be certain your premises has the right fire alarm system for your business premises... choose Blake's.

Fully compliant. Fully maintained. And fully protected!

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    Commercial Fire Alarm Systems... with a personal touch

    Commercial Fire Alarm Systems
    Blake Fire & Security Systems have a long and distinguished track record of designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining Fire Alarm Systems. From our HQ in Southend, we're proud to keep businesses safe across Essex, London and the South East.

    The Fire Safety Order requires the appointment of a Responsible Person to ensure there is adequate fire protection in every non-domestic premises in the UK.

    This Responsible Person is usually the business owner or, for schools, the head teacher. They must ensure that there is an up to date Fire Risk Assessment. And that everything highlighted has been addressed completely. If not, they could be prosecuted, fined and even imprisoned!

    Regulations change over the years, but one thing remains the same. A serious fire can have real implications - both emotional and financial.
    It’s critical you use an established, competent company to install the right Fire Alarm system for your particular business. And that’s where Blake’s come in...
    I would just like to thank you and all the team that have been here with me this week, for an absolutely fantastic service and a great job well done. Your colleagues have been helpful, informative and very patient with me as a business owner with little or no understanding of fire regulations and our responsibilities as a business owner.

    Things have been explained well and the training I have received has been excellent. Further to this I would add that the Fire Risk Assessor who has been on site this morning spoke very highly of your company was assured that we were in good hands!
    Kirsty Powell, Director
    Chef’s Choice Ltd
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    ...compliant AND in safe hands with Blake's
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    Rory Foster - Fire & Life Systems Safety Manager
    Rory Foster
    Fire & Life Systems Safety Manager

    We only offer what we are qualified to deliver

    Blake Fire & Security Systems have NSI Fire Gold Scheme approval. This covers BAFE qualifications for:
    • design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Fire Alarm systems: SP203-1
    • supply, positioning, commissioning and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers: SP101/ST104
    • design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Emergency Lighting systems: SP203-4
    NSI Gold approval means that we are audited beyond BAFE competency standards. The NSI auditing also tests for quality management. For you, the client, this means:
    • Reliable, polite, qualified staff - both customer-facing and on the phone
    • The highest quality, state of the art commercial systems
    • A bespoke fire protection solution designed and installed by qualified experts to perfectly fit your needs and budget
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    Would your Fire Alarm System protect your staff, visitors and equipment?

    The disruption to everyday trading can set you back a long way. Worst case scenario, it can bankrupt a business. Plus, you have a duty of care to your employees and any visitors to your premises.

    Prevention is better than cure. And the simple answer for your peace of mind is to get a Fire Alarm System from a supplier you can trust.

    What are my Fire Risk Assessment obligations?

    The FSO legislation states that the Responsible Person must make a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment (Article 9). Get this wrong and the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison!

    The good news is Blake Fire & Security Systems can assist in getting the Risk Assessment done correctly and help you understand the findings and recommendations.

    Still researching? Click here to get advice from the experts on how to ensure your Fire Safety is compliant with legislation.

    What are Fire and Life Safety Systems?

    Aaah, more terminology and jargon! Very simply, Life Safety Systems are any interior building element designed to protect and evacuate the building population in emergencies.

    For more information and to find out if you need them in your workplace, read our blog post here.

    Rory Foster

    Fire & Life Safety Systems Manager
    I have been manager of the department since 2010. My engineers are experienced and knowledgeable in all types of Fire Alarm Systems and we ensure all works are carried out in accordance with the BAFE SP 203 Scheme and to the highest standard of workmanship.
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    Rory Foster - Fire & Life Safety Systems Manager
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    What should my Fire Alarm System include to protect staff and premises?

    Your Fire Risk Assessment will inform you of the exact requirements to give you a system that is appropriate for the building and number of staff. It also covers the Fire Extinguishers.

    It is essential to use qualified professionals to design and install the system to fully comply with the Risk Assessment and FSO.

    Blake Fire & Security Systems have two NSI Gold Approved and registered Fire Detection and Alarm System designers. Their certified designs are then installed and commissioned by qualified and experienced engineers, who are all DBS Enhanced checked.

    From making sure the locations of the devices are properly labelled on the panel to interfacing with other equipment like magnetic door locks, gas valves or shutters are working correctly. Even if your system was not installed by us, Blake's can still commission it for you to get it working the way you require.

    How important is Fire Alarm Maintenance/Servicing?

    The British Standards recommend that your Fire Detection and Alarm System is maintained by a competent company twice a year (sometimes four times a year in special circumstances).

    All maintenance work by Blake Fire & Security Systems is carried out to the BAFE Scheme SP203 which ensures compliance to British Standards and all our service engineers are DBS checked to an Enhanced level.

    Remember that any changes to the structure of your commercial building - the building of extensions, changes of layout, modifications to storage and working areas - whether major or minor should be accompanied by a new Fire Risk Assessment.

    How does my Fire Detection System link up to my Intruder Alarm?

    You could opt for a simple, stand alone fire detection system but a sophisticated integrated system might be the better option.

    Talk to us about a system integrating Intruder Alarm, CCTV, Access Control, Fire Detection and Emergency Lighting - call 01702 447800 for your free site survey.

    Your fire alarm system can be linked to an alarm receiving centre and to do this and comply, it should have its own monitoring equipment.

    Do I really need a BAFE approved fire alarm installation company?

    British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE) schemes make it easy for a Responsible Person to fulfil their legal obligations. Because, by using a BAFE approved company, you’re certain you’ve done your due diligence and complied. We will help you through all stages of complying - Free Survey, Free Quotes and Free Advice!

    Should they have NSI accreditation too?

    Yes! NSI and BAFE go hand in hand. NSI (National Security Inspectorate) do the auditing and awarding of approvals to ensure the company in question is complying with BAFE legislation. Read more about BAFE and NSI Gold approval here.

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    Dedication to Accreditation

    Why you should choose Blake Fire & Security to design, install and maintain your Fire and/or Security system, including Fire Doors.
    Long track record - our family-run firm has been installing fire and security protection across four decades. We're not going anywhere. Your guarantee will be honoured!
    Dedication to Accreditation - if we're not qualified to provide a service we won't offer it to you! Simple.
    Experience & Expertise - we're professional and fully qualified so you get the system that is perfect for your circumstances.
    Who is in your home or premises? - your engineer is always trustworthy, polite and fully qualified, with regular checks to ensure this.
    Quality workmanship and service - we're passionate about your security, our standard of work and the way we deliver it to you.
    Blake Fire & Security Systems have BAFE, NSI Gold, SSAIB and BM Trada approval! This means you get:
    Bespoke systems - designed to perfectly fit your family's requirements or the needs of your business.
    Highest quality systems and equipment - we only use the best quality, industry-approved equipment to provide protection that lasts and looks good.
    Police and Insurance recognition - our work is guaranteed to be of the highest standard and both Police and Insurance companies acknowledge this.
    Regular and reliable monitoring and maintenance - ensure your Fire and/or Security protection is working in your time of need AND someone is always watching over your home or business!

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