Small shops make up a large proportion of the retail industry. They are usually found in places where space is limited such as on high streets or street corners and provide a space where customers can exchange money for products or services.
Small shops can be anything from grocery stores or clothes boutiques to electrical repair shops or beauty salons and welcome visitors to come in and browse what’s on offer. Retail stores can vary in shape and size but usually contain at least one shop floor area, a storeroom and a small office. You will sometimes find staffrooms and small kitchens too.
Despite their size, small stores can still contain millions of pounds worth of stock and assets that must be protected from theft and fire.
Shops are also open to the public and some small highstreet stores can greet hundreds of visitors during busy periods. Therefore, these businesses have a duty to ensure that their shops and visitors are protected from fire and have a suitable fire detection system in place.
Common Fire Risks in Small Shops
Like with most business premises, there are plenty of fire risks and detection challenges associated with small shops and retail stores. Some of the most common include:
- Electrical Equipment
- Electrical equipment such as POS systems, radios, fridges, freezers and other equipment found in small shops can become faulty and cause a fire to break out. Overloading plug sockets are also a common fire hazard.
- Lighting is often installed too close to flammable materials. Traditional types of lighting can emit heat, causing nearby items to catch fire.
- Flammable Materials
- Soft furnishings, clothing and other stock items can all easily catch alight and cause a fire to spread very quickly.
- If appliances such as irons or straightening irons are misused or left unattended they can ignite nearby flammable materials.
- Storage and Rubbish
- Badly stocked storage and piles of rubbish can obstruct fire exits and fuel fires, causing them to spread rapidly through the building.
Conventional Fire Detection
A conventional fire detection system can provide the ideal solution for protecting small shops from fire. This type of solution is cost-effective and simple to install and operate. Conventional fire detection systems identify areas as zones, indicating from which area of the building an event has been triggered.
Conventional fire detection provides reliable, automatic fire detection and is suitable for most small to medium-sized applications.
Handpicked Products for a Small Shop
ProFyre C8 Conventional Control Panel
ProFyre C8 fire alarm control panels are compact, fully-featured, and cost-effective. Available in 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 zone versions, the ProFyre C8 system is the ideal choice for small to medium-sized ‘conventional style’ shops, where a reliable and easy to install automatic fire detection and alarm solution is required.
ProFyre Conventional Optical Detector
ProFyre conventional optical smoke detectors use a pulsing IR LED and photodiode to detect IR scatter caused by smoke entering the chamber. The detector is particularly suitable for detecting optically dense smoke, involving materials such as soft furnishings, PVC, plastic, foam and all similar materials which produce small visible particles. ProFyre Conventional detectors are housed in a stylish moulding with 360° LED indication.
ProFyre Conventional Heat Detectors
There are three types of ProFyre conventional heat detectors available: rate-of-rise that detects rapid rises in temperature; fixed-heat that triggers an alarm at 57°C; or fixed heat that triggers an alarm at 90°C. ProFyre conventional heat detectors are also housed in a stylish moulding with 360° LED indication.
ProFyre Diode Base
The ProFyre diode base is used to mount ProFyre detectors and is fully compatible with the conventional detector range. The diode base is used in regions such as the UK that require detector removal monitoring.
ProFyre Conventional Manual Call Points
ProFyre conventional manual call points mimic the feel of breaking glass whilst offering the user the benefits and environmental advantages of a resettable operating element; the unit can simply be reset with a key and is ready for reuse straight away. The manual call point is safe for use in all indoor areas including areas where glass cannot be used and provides an ideal solution for applications such as shops that suffer from a high number of false activations.
Xtratone Conventional Sounder
Xtratone conventional sounders are loop-powered wall sounders controlled by the fire alarm panel. They are designed to be low current and provide a range of tones with a maximum output of up to 102dB(A) (±2dB). A combined Sounder/LED Indicator version is also available for an added visual alert.
Why Choose Eurofyre?
- Complete System Supplier
- Eurofyre manufactures and supplies all aspects of fire detection including conventional smoke detection and its associated products and can provide expert advice and consultation.
- Demonstration and Training
- We offer demonstrations and expert training on a range of systems, including the ProFyre range of conventional fire detection, in our very own sophisticated training facility.
- After-Sales Support
- Eurofyre offers both on-site and telephone support to assist you in ensuring that your system is fully functional and operating at maximum efficiency. Our after-sales care and support are second to none.
For more information about our conventional fire detection systems, or to discuss any of the other products that Eurofyre have to offer, please feel free to get in touch either by phone on +44 (0) 1329 835 024, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the online enquiry form situated on our contact page.