BT Redcare: The Vital Link

July 29, 2013 By In News Comments Off on BT Redcare: The Vital Link

Have you ever considered what would happen if a fire broke out on your property? The fire alarms ring, but what happens next? Who is going to call the fire brigade?

Response time

Response time is highly important when considering fire safety. But why? Put simply, the longer the time, the more damage a fire can do. Sadly, the majority of businesses never recover from the destruction that fires can cause.

So how can you reduce response times? Firstly, installing and maintaining your building’s fire equipment according to British Standards is vital. Secondly, the faster the fire service can reach your building, the more quickly a fire can be extinguished. This is where BT Redcare Fire comes in. It’s a service that connects your fire alarm system directly to the emergency services.

The fastest call

Traditionally, somebody would have to call the fire brigade on hearing an alarm go off. But as you can imagine, that’s not the best option, as the response time is uncontrolled and could be very high. Having your fire alarm automatically call the fire brigade used to be the reserve of huge corporate organisations like large factories and banks, but this is no longer the case.

With BT Redcare, you don’t have to wait for someone to call. In our opinion, it’s the best and fastest option. Here’s why:

  • The BT Redcare Fire service automatically contacts the fire brigade in the event of a fire.

  • It can use a land-line, mobile phones or the internet (or a combination of these). This means that there are options in case one of the lines fails.

  • The signal goes to an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), which then contacts the fire brigade immediately (we work with Southern Monitoring Services).

  • BT Redcare is unique because it monitors your line to the ARC. Similar systems don’t do this, meaning your connection to the ARC could be dropped for a long period of time without anyone knowing or repairing it.

  • You get to choose the protocols. The ARC can call you, the fire brigade, the maintenance company, a key-holding response service, or a mixture of them. Whichever suits you best.

Insurance requirements

We are finding that insurance companies require increasingly higher standards of fire safety, which is no bad thing! The more protective measures that you as a property owner put in place, the safer your building is likely to be in event of a fire.

Automatic alarm signal transmission systems, like BT Redcare, are one of the specifications that many insurance companies are making. It’s worth you taking the time to check this out; you don’t want to find out that your insurance is invalid without BT Redcare.

Making the change

At Argos Fire Protection, we have a lot of experience in installing BT Redcare for our customers in the South of England. This is part of our promise to cover all of your fire safety needs.

Thankfully, installation is simple and there is often no cabling to install. Ongoing costs start at just 33 pence per day, which is pretty cheap for the peace of mind that it offers. If you are a previous Argos Fire customer, or are new to us, we would love to chat more with you about this vital link in fire safety.

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