The scale and complexity of a fire detection and alarm system will depend on the type of premises it is designed to protect and the type of fire risk present.

UK fire safety legislation contains a general requirement to provide premises, where necessary, with detectors and alarms. In support of this, there are many standards that cover the component parts of fire detection and alarm systems.

This topic outlines the types of fire detection and alarm systems available, as well as information about testing regimes and false alarms.

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