Smoke alarms are recommended by the Fire & Rescue Service. Larger properties and risks need additional measures.

Fire safety in the home

Fire safety in the home is about taking basic and common sense precautions. The Fire & Rescue Service provides advice and guidance for anything that could be a fire risk, so you can take the necessary preventive action and ensure you and your home are suitably secured.

Go to the Fire Service website for information about basic fire protection in the home. This includes guidance about portable fire extinguishers, fire blankets and other devices.

If you are considering more comprehensive fire detection and alarm systems in a larger property or where risks are greater, then obtaining guidance from professionally qualified installers is essential.

Fire detection & alarm systems in your home

Fire Detection & Alarm Systems

It's important to consult with a qualified fire safety company who will carry out a complete risk analysis and system design for your home. It will comply with BS 5839-6. It's also important to remember that ongoing maintenance and testing is essential after commissioning to ensure ongoing protection. These systems and devices are rarely used in a real life situation but, must be routinely tested for effectiveness.

Your chosen NSI approved company will be able to demonstrate its competence in the relevant approval for the design, commissioning, installation or maintenance of the system. They will also issue you with an NSI Certificate of Compliance at commissioning and handover.


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NSI Gold and Silver Medals - Signifying a companies approval with NSI

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It’s the most widely recognised mark of approval in security and
fire safety. NSI approval tells you the company is:


Technically Competent

Working to International and British Standards and NSI Codes of Practice, teams have relevant technical experience


Gold approval - operating a Quality Management System to ISO 9001 and NSI Quality Schedules


Reputable Directors & leaders with relevant business experience and effective employee security screening

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