Following the Grenfell Tower fire, new government indications were issued for residential blocks of flats having hazardous combustible cladding systems, asking for flammable material removal and the temporary implementation of a simultaneous evacuation strategy instead of the previous stay put policy, considered unsafe. The Hyfire wireless fire systems are the ideal solution to assist the evacuation of tenants in high-rise residential buildings, quickly detecting fire, efficiently warning to escape, and providing long-term lasting peace of mind.
Cost savings over the life of the building
Installing a Hyfire fire alarm system not only provides building tenants with superior protection but it also allows to save money over the life of the building. National Fire Chiefs Council guidance (NFCC) states waking watch and fire alarm systems are likely to be appropriate to support the evacuation in case of fire, but it indicates a temporary common fire alarm system as the preferable solution for medium to long periods of time. According to a recent survey by Inside Housing the removal of the cladding and the remedial works extended for years in many buildings, causing recurring expensive costs where a waking watch guard was in place – between £150,000 and £200,000 per year for each building. Compared to a waking watch solution, where Hyfire wireless fire systems have been installed, they paid for themselves in less than 1 year, providing the highest level of protection with minimal maintenance costs over the life of the building.
Early detection of fire
Hyfire wireless active fire systems represent a highly reliable fire safety solution, providing early detection of fire and quick notification to building occupants. Fast communication between devices and control panel allows building residents to be alerted in seconds in case of fire and evacuated in a timely manner. The advanced radio signal processing algorithms ensure fast detection of the fire signals and the highest levels of false alarm rejection. Compared to a waking watch the Hyfire wireless systems represent a quicker and safer solution.
Simple and hassle-free installation
Hyfire wireless technology is extremely easy to install, set up and operate. Taking into consideration the building structure, our wireless survey tool identifies the exact wireless infrastructure required for optimum performance, guaranteeing the radio signal strength. Detailing exact product locations makes device positioning simple, limiting the installation time onsite and ensuring that the completed system will perform as specified. Wireless fire devices can be programmed quickly and easily offsite, then installed in minutes, with no need for cabling or renovation and radically reducing the people required to install. An installer needs only short-term access to properties, radically reducing the disturbance to tenants.
Once the dangerous cladding has been removed, the Hyfire fire system could be easily modified to a BS5839 active fire protection system or a BS8629 evacuation system afterwards or dedicated to other scopes. Without having to rewire, the Hyfire wireless products can be easily moved to expand or modify the system. With an evacuation alert system becoming a requirement in high-rise residential buildings, the wireless devices can be converted to a BS8629 compliant evacuation system by simply removing all fire detectors including sounders in common areas and swapping the control panel for an evacuation panel, with no need for additional cabling or infrastructure.