In the case of heritage sites, often they have had numerous renovations, conversions and additions over the years that may increase the fire risk within the building. For example, revealing existing voids can cause fires to spread much faster. Classic examples of this phenomenon are the fires at Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, which were spread more rapidly by the presence of hidden voids.

 

Typical Challenges

Art galleries and museums house priceless works of art and can need to accommodate thousands of members of the public entering the building every week or even every day. Fire detection systems are effective fire safety measures for heritage buildings and museums.

 

Protecting Heritage Buildings

Choosing the most appropriate Notifier detection device for all areas of a building can reduce the vital time between fire ignition and its detection. Aspirating systems are considered to be the least invasive detectors for heritage buildings in general. Notifier's aspirating solutions offer robustness against false alarms while still being very sensitive to real smoke from fire.

In areas where wired detectors are not practical or the wiring is too intrusive, Notifier's hybrid wireless solution is ideal. The wireless detectors can be added to a wired loop to ensure full coverage across an area. This hybrid approach has also proved invaluable in temporarily protecting historic buildings whilst a wired fire system is being installed.

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Very early detection systems are needed to protect the rare artefacts and artwork in our many museums and galleries. Notifier's high sensitivity smoke detector called VIEW (Very Intelligent Early Warning), can be fitted very close to the exhibits to raise the alarm at the earliest detection of smoke. VIEW detectors achieve high sensitivity to smoke whilst being able to ignore unwanted signals caused by dust without moving parts, costly pipes, fans or dust filters.

VIEW detectors can be connected to extinguishing panels to control the release of gas, their early warning signal means that they can provide additional time for verification before any gas is released.

 

Delivery

Notifier works with a network of fire installation, commissioning and maintenance companies, who have completed a comprehensive training programme, and have direct access to extensive product, technical and application support. So, when it comes to installing a system in buildings with specific requirements you can be confident you are working with a company with the experience and expertise to meet the challenge.