Within a residential care home the requirements for installing fire detection and alarm systems is similar to those for a small hospital. The system normally needs to cover all escape routes and adjacent areas, where, if a fire broke out it could have an effect on those escape routes.

Other high risk areas such as plant rooms, switch rooms and kitchens might also contain detectors. Most bedrooms should contain some form of fire detection, as a likely scenario would be a fire starting in a bedroom from a discarded cigarette or an electrical appliance such as kettle. The reliability of the system is paramount as its primary function is to protect life.

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