Historic buildings

Historic buildings pose many challenges for those tasked with protecting them from fire.

The threat and consequences of fire in any building are serious. However, in the case of historic sites, the loss of irreplaceable artifacts of high monetary and historic value is permanent and costly to our heritage. Furthermore, given their unique nature, many historical assets can only be insured for damage rather than total loss by fire. Added to this, these buildings frequently have permanent/volunteer staff and attract high numbers of visitors, so life safety must be of paramount importance.

Ensuring that lives, as well as the historic value and authenticity of buildings, are safeguarded is extremely challenging and demands specialist knowledge and solutions.Of course In the case of historic buildings, a comprehensive fire safety management plan should accompany the fire risk assessment. Which is the fire detection company`s first task to do. SenseTek can be at your service to assist in this early stage looking for the best choise in fire detection.

A detection method that is often used in historic buildings is that of beam detection. This technique uses a transmitter / receiver combination that functions with an infrared signal. When the infrared beam is disturbed by smoke, this can lead to a fire alarm. This technique is applicable when no obstructions are or cannot be present in the room.

ASD Aspirating Smoke Detectors

Unlike traditional point detectors, these have minimal aesthetic impact as the pipework on which they rely to continually sample the air is generally concealed on or within ceilings. Their extreme sensitivity helps to decrease the time taken to detect smoke.  By using very small capillary points which, because of the active suction can often be mounted in less visible places, Stratos aspirating systems can be used almost invisibly.

ASDs are particularly suited to:

• Rooms with high ceilings, where the distance between the origin of the fire and the detectors in the ceiling can be considerable and cause serious delays in detection.

• Glass display cases with light fittings, which may overheat or suffer other electrical faults.

• Areas where early warning of the risk of fire is crucial

False Alarms

False alarms are a major issue causing significant disruption, distress and expense. Not only that, if frequent, they can also lead to complacency and a failure to act swiftly in real fire situations

Historic sites often have higher than normal levels of through-drafts and dust. These factors can both interfere with the performance of  ASD detectors and result in unwanted alarms. The Stratos Aspirating systems allow device sensitivity to be quickly and easily adjusted manually but also automatically. Using external filters (CM10970) can help in such situation.

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