Development of the first secret key switch style Fire Alarm Call Point commenced in 2006. Reviewing the methods that were being used, it was clear that the market needed a better solution.
Box around conventional call point
Proprietary key switch
Hybrid unreliable arrangement
Secret Key Call Point is born
Based on an industry standard Electrical Secret Key Operated Switch, the design provided a neat robust one-piece construction with addressable capability. For ultimate reliability, switch contacts were gold plated and the design provided 'tamper fault' activation if the cover was removed.
Whilst the product was successful, on some projects, the units were installed alongside ‘secret key style’ light switches which utilised the same key. This led to inadvertent activations of the Fire Alarm System and the associated consequences.
Heavy gold plated contacts
The finished article...
Miniature addressable interface
KeyCall - the obvious choice!
KeyCall ® is the only solution that ticks all the boxes.
KeyCall ® accepts a Euro-Profile style cylinder
Typically suited/keyed-alike cylinders are fitted so that authorised persons can activate KeyCall ® using their standard door key.
Key ‘Click-latch’ mechanism ensures key ‘latches’ in correct position to activate Fire Alarm System.
Anti-ligature low-profile flush-mounting design.
Neat minimalistic one piece construction incorporating Fire Alarm interface module.
Red fire indicator illuminates when KeyCall ® is activated.
Robust all metal construction
Compatible with a wide range of Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarm Systems
Key operated activation devices should only be used in conjunction with a risk assessment as recommended in Firecode Health Technical Memorandum 05-03 (refer to paragraph 4.38).
Firecode – fire safety in the NHS
Health Technical Memorandum
05-03: Operational provisions
Part H: Reducing false alarms in healthcare premises
Where activation of call points by patients gives rise to false alarms, consideration should be given to providing measures such as lift flaps that prevent call point activation unless the flap is lifted. Further measures may utilise devices that activate a localised audible warning when a flap is lifted prior to call point activation. If such measures prove insufficient, a risk assessment should be undertaken to determine the impact of changing vulnerable break-glass call points to key-operated units that can be activated only by staff keyholders.
Where a Risk Assessment recommends the use of key-operated Fire Alarm Call Points, KeyCall ® is the obvious choice. KeyCall ® is designed to utilise the same key as the door locks so any authorised person who has accessed an area will be able to raise the alarm using their door key.
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