The Requirements for installing a suitable fire detection and alarm system within a Residential Care Home would be similar to those for a small hospital. The system would normally need to cover all escape routes and adjacent areas, where if fire broke out it could have an effect on those escape routes. Other high risk areas such as plant rooms, switch rooms and kitchens might also contain detectors. Most bedrooms should contain some form of fire detection as a likely scenario would be a fire starting in a bedroom from a discarded cigarette or an electrical appliance such as kettle.
The reliability of the system is paramount as its primary function is to protect life. Unlike most building whose occupants are of sound mind and body, this is not always the case in residential care premises and this should be taken into account when designing the system. Disruption can be stressful to residents and it is therefore vital that the chosen system provides effective cover, performs reliably, and gives the maximum possible warning in the event of fire, given the additional difficulties in evacuating residents to safety.
The MZX fire detection and alarm system is a complete system from a single manufacturer designed to provide optimum performance at all times.