Controlling False Fire Alarms in Care Homes with AlarmCalm

False and unwanted fire alarms are one of the big issues in fire safety and building management today.
The care home and social care industry in particular has unique needs when it comes to false alarm management (FAM). To meet these needs, fire industry leader Advanced has released a new document that shows the potential of automatic fire systems to help reduce unwanted alarms in these settings.

The document outlines the features of Advanced’s AlarmCalm FAM upgrade and its key components, as well as providing an overview of the areas within care homes where different false alarm strategies may be required, based on risk, building design and resident needs.

AlarmCalm is a total package and features enhanced firmware, comprehensive configuration software for Advanced’s fire systems and new intelligent alarm acknowledgement devices called AlarmCalm Buttons. It provides total, easily-managed control over alarm verification periods and investigation delays to outputs.

It allows a site to be divided into false alarm management zones called building areas (up to 200 per panel or 40,000 per network). These are virtual areas used for FAM programming that by default match fire zones but can be set independently to cover multiple zones and points or individual points. The use of building areas makes even complicated cause-and-effect easy to set up.

There is growing awareness of the role that care home staff can play in helping to reduce unwanted false alarms. Advanced’s intelligent, loop-powered alarm acknowledgement device, the AlarmCalm Button, can be used to manually verify if an alarm signal is false, for example from smoke as a result of cooking or heat in the kitchen.

By pressing the AlarmCalm Button, a staff member initiates a ‘second stage’ verification time and (optionally), the local sounder can be silenced. If after the second stage time the signal has cleared, the system will reset to normal conditions. If the signal in the detector is still present, a full fire condition will be signalled. During the second stage period, a fire condition is also indicated if the alarm is confirmed by another method such as sensitivity change or second detector. AlarmCalm Buttons can only extend verification time once (before a system reset). If a real fire ensues, a full fire condition will be signalled.

Advanced believes AlarmCalm is the most easily installed and configured FAM system available. AlarmCalm Buttons are easy to install on the loop and recognised in the panel software on auto learn. They are compatible with a standard UK single-gang back box, can be flush or surface mounted and include a configurable LED, buzzer and slide-in label.

Sounders, beacons and relays in each building area can be operated during the verification period and can be quickly set by all devices of each type or individually by point. Sounder ringing styles are also fully configurable and can use a different tone during verification and alarm periods.

The same approach in the software is taken with investigation delays to outputs, meaning a full FAM strategy can be easily set up and configured. AlarmCalm is currently available on Advanced’s EN54 2, 4 & 13 approved MxPro 5 and Axis EN fire systems.

For more details please contact Reji Mathew, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com and also visit www.advancedco.com.

About Advanced:
Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. Advanced is a Halma company.

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New Managing Director at Avire

Lift safety and communication specialist Avire has appointed Rob Lewis as its new managing director. Rob joins Avire from another Halma company, Fortress Interlocks, where he was Managing Director for the past six years. During this period, he created an excellent record of sales growth and product innovation.

Rob read Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge and gained an MBA at the London Business School. Prior to joining Halma, he worked at GKN for 11 years in various operations and site leadership roles in their automotive and aerospace divisions.

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said: “I’m looking forward to building on Avire’s founding values and traditions and to gaining a deeper understanding of our global customer base. There are exciting times ahead for Avire as we look to new technologies and launch new products into the marketplace. Avire is a great company, with great people and great products. I intend to build on this success story, ensuring that we put customers at the heart of everything that we do.”

For more information about Avire in India, please contact Rajeev Joshi, Regional Business Manager – IMEA on M: +91 91677 30003, E-mail: rajeev.joshi@avire-global.com, visit www.avire-global.com. Avire operates in India from an office located in Wagle Industrial Estate in Thane, Maharashtra.

About AVIRE:
Avire – a Halma company, combines 4 market-leading brands (E-Motive, Janus, TL Jones and Memco) within the elevator industry; offering an extensive range of lift safety and communication products like light curtains, LCD displays, emergency telephones and LED lighting. Each brand has a strong market presence, a unique identity, a distinct product range, and a long, successful history. With manufacturing locations in Singapore, China, India and the Czech Republic, and sales offices in 13 locations worldwide, Avire is a truly global brand.

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