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Effective fire detection and alarm systems are a key component of fire risk management for any commercial, public or multi-occupancy premises. Fire regulations require businesses to be able to provide evidence that their system is fit for purpose and is designed, installed, commissioned and maintained in accordance with the relevant British Standards by a competent contractors.

Fire certificates are no longer issued by the Fire and Rescue Services. The emphasis is now placed on the responsible person designated by the owner or occupier of every relevant property, to conduct a fire risk assessment.

Where a fire detection and alarm system is required, the onus is on the responsible person to be able to prove it is fit for purpose. The most effective way of achieving this is to contract a third party certificated contractor such as NSI Fire Gold and Fire Silver approved companies.

NSI also approves companies involved in the installation of fixed gaseous fire suppression systems and the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers. NSI is accredited to inspect to the technical requirements of theBAFE Fire Protection Industry Modular Scheme SP203 for fire detection and alarm systems and fixed gaseous suppression systems and SP101 for the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.