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Fire Alarms & Emergency Lighting

Fire alarm and emergency lighting maintenance are critical to your fire safety and emergency arrangements. As two stand-alone systems, they are essential for protecting life and premises in the event of an emergency such as a fire or power failure. Stallard Kane can undertake the design, installation, commission and testing of fire alarm systems and emergency light installations of any size at any premises.

Fire Alarm Systems

Installing a suitable and sufficient fire alarm system is one of the most important lines of defence in your property’s fire safety system. Our approach to design, installation and commission ensures that your premises are safe and compliant. We use automated systems to ensure your regular testing regime is kept up to date.

What type of fire detection system should a business have?

All business premises must have an ‘appropriate’ fire detection system, to warn occupants of the fire outbreak at the earliest opportunity. The four main types of fire alarm system will address this:

  • Conventional Fire Alarm
    Divides your premises into zones, identifying where a fire has broken out in the building. These are ideal for small or low risk environments.
  • Bi-wire Fire Alarm
    This is a system that shares common wiring between detection and sounders. Also found in small or low-risk environments, this can be a very cost effective option where it is considered suitable
  • Addressable Fire Alarm
    Gives each device (eg a smoke detector or call point) a unique ‘address’. If a device is activated, the fire alarm control panel will then be able to tell you where the problem might be. These are ideal for larger or higher risk environments.
  • Wireless Fire Alarm
    Use secure wireless links between devices and the fire alarm panel. These are ideal for temporary installations, or listed buildings where cabling routes might present a problem.

How often should my fire detection system be serviced?

Under British Standard 5839, we inspect and service your fire alarm system bi-annually, testing all smoke, heat and multi-point detectors, call points and fire alarm control panels.

The fire alarm system in your building should be tested on a weekly basis, with the date logged in your premises fire log book, to ensure that your system will operate correctly in the event of a fire. Where a fault may be identified, this should be addressed as a matter of urgency by a competent, qualified engineer.

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is a requirement in all non-domestic premises under BS 5266. In an emergency situation, when the main power supply to a premises fails, causing the regular lighting to fail, it provides lighting in all major routes and exits, day and night.

When do emergency lights activate?

An emergency lighting system is ordinarily activated automatically, and should provide adequate light to aid the safe exit of people from a building. The typical specification is for emergency lighting to remain on for three hours. It is important to carry out a full discharge test annually to ensure all luminaries remain in proper working condition.

Who Can Carry Out Emergency Light Testing?

Any ‘competent person’ can carry out emergency light testing by law. It is recommended that the competent person has the required training and knowledge to carry out the task. Stallard Kane can act as the competent person to ensure that your testing is carried out effectively and compliantly.

Are there different types of emergency escape lighting?

Yes. Emergency escape lighting systems comprise escape route lighting, open area lighting and high-risk task area lighting.

  • Escape route lighting
    Refers to the lighting provided as part of an emergency lighting system that enables identification of, and direction to means of safe exit from a building in the event of a power failure causing the usual lighting to fail.
  • Open area lighting
    provides adequate illumination for occupants of the premises to reach a location where escape route lighting can be identified.
  • High-risk task area lighting
    comprises any lights that provide operators sufficient illumination to conclude any potentially dangerous working process in a safe way before exiting the premises. High-risk task area lighting maximises the operator's and other occupants' safety in an emergency scenario.

If you are unsure, Stallard Kane will thoroughly assess the premises' emergency lighting requirements and provide detailed recommendations, along with a bespoke quotation.

How do I book or find out more information?

For more information or a no-obligation quote, call our Compliance Team on 01427 420 404 or email

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