Fire Alarms

Fire Alarm systems install and maintenance

Our Energy Fire & Security team are experts in the design, installation, commissioning, servicing and maintenance of fire alarm systems for businesses having operated in the sector for over 39 years.

We choose to install established tried and tested products from market-leading brands for their quality and reliability.  Because of our reputable experience, T H WHITE is proud to be an approved Gent 24 System Integrator, specialising in design, supply and installation of Gent fire systems from Honeywell.

We also supply and install fire alarms and associated accessories from AdvancedHaes, Kentec, EMS, Hochiki, Hyfire and Apollo.

As fully accredited NSI Gold and BAFE installers and maintenance providers, we work to BS5839 standards and have designed for all sizes of client and types of job.  We install and maintain wired and wireless conventional and addressable fire alarms in environments ranging from small single commercial units to large multi building sites within Schools, Offices, Manufacturing premises, Warehouses, Factories, Retail, Leisure and Restaurants to name a few sectors.

Types of Fire Alarm

Before we explore the types of fire alarms, it is necessary to understand how having one may help your business or premises. A fire alarm system has a number of devices working together to detect and warn people through visual and audio appliances when smoke, fire, carbon monoxide or other emergencies are present. These may be activated using manual call points or pull stations or automatically from smoke detectors, heat detectors and sound bells, sounders, horns, speaker or strobes which warns people inside the building to evacuate.

Our Energy, Fire & Security team delivers and maintains conventional and addressable fire alarms with two main options

  • Wired fire alarm systems
  • Wireless fire alarm systems

When choosing a new fire alarm system for your business premises, one of the decisions to be made is whether to have a wired or wireless fire alarm system.   Wired fire alarm systems use cabling to transmit signals between devices and the fire control panel. Wireless systems transmit signals through a radio frequency.

Wired vs Wireless

Both systems have different benefits and which one you choose depends on the type of building.  Wireless systems tend to be more favourable in buildings where appearance matters, such as listed and historical buildings, or difficult to cable.  Wired systems are more common and typically more cost effective and reliable.  More details of the pros and cons of each system are outlined below.

T H WHITE will work with you to decide on the best option for your business.

Read more about our fire alarm suppliers

Haes        Apollo        Kentec

Hochiki        Honeywell        EMS


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Wired Systems Benefits

  • More Cost Effective Devices – Wired devices tend to be cheaper to buy than their wireless equivalents
  • Reliability – Wired fire alarm systems are mains-powered, and most incorporate battery back-up in case of failure which makes the entire system more reliable.
  • Signal Interference – There’s no worry of signal interference using a wired system, which can be concern for wireless alarms.
  • Devices Distance – Devices on a wireless system need to be certain distances of other devices and the Fire panel to maintain the connectivity. With wired fire alarms this isn’t a problem.

Wireless System Benefits

  • Aesthetics – With wireless fire alarms you won’t have any unsightly cabling and wires affecting the appearance of your building.
  • Speed of Install – Due to no wiring, you don’t need to pay for cabling or and the labour associated which offsets against the slightly more expensive devices.
  • Cable Damaged – If the cabling of a wired system is damaged it will affect the system which isn’t a concern with a wireless system.
  • Less interruption – Because wireless fire alarm systems take less time to install and update, there’s less disruption to your business.
  • Flexibility – Wireless devices can be easily disconnected and removed for maintenance work, or permanent changes to your building.

To find out more about what will work best for you, or to request a demonstration from T H WHITE.

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