Fire Alarm System Maintenance

Fire Alarm Maintenance

Having a fire detection and alarm system in place is of no use if it is not in full working order and regularly maintained in accordance with BS5839. That’s why Fortress (SW)  are on hand to provide effective and regular fire alarm maintenance to all our customers to ensure your premises remain protected

Having your fire alarm system maintained regularly is the best way to ensure that safety is continuous throughout the premises and compliance with current fire safety standards . We carry out regular contracted or one-off testing, inspection and repairs to all types of fire detection and alarm systems.

Fire alarm maintenance is a legal requirement, and Fortress SW  provide a 24-hour call out service for our customers to make sure that your system is fixed in the event of a failure.

Fire Alarm Maintenance

What Does a Fire Alarm System Maintenance Visit Include?

  • Check to see there have bee any problems with the fire alarm system, including false alarms since the last service visit.
  • Check if there are any outstanding actions in the log book that require attention
  • Check mains and standby power supplies inc batteries and replace if necessary
  • Disconnect sounders
  • Inform Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) of temporary disconnection
  • Disconnect signalling
  • Test a minimum of one detector and one call point per zone
  • Check panel for correct ‘alarm’ indication
  • Reset the fire alarm system
  • Reconnect all sounders
  • Check ‘alarm’ indication on fire alarm panel
  • Check all sounders are functional
  • Check any auxiliary units
  • Confirm with ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre) that test signal was received
  • Check all detectors and call points at least once a year
  • Check battery connections
  • Log date, time and results of test in Fire Safety Log Book

A fire alarm maintenance sheet will be completed during your maintenance visit, which will record any issues (if any) with the system and recommend  any work required to ensure a fully operational, compliant fire alarm system.

Upgrading Storace Heaters to Energy Efficient Heating

Night storage heaters work by heating a bricks contained within an insulated box to a high temperature over night. Each storage heater charges for  around 7 hours every night. Then once charged a baffle opens on the top of the heater  to allow the heat to escape. The user then controls the heat output by opening the baffle via a control on the storage heater.

Night storage heaters will normally be on a dual electric tariff, either economy 7 or economy 10. There are many variants on these electric tariffs, but basically you will have a cheap off peak tariff which feeds certain circuits within your home, and a higher priced standard tariff for all other circuits in your house.

Common issues with storage heaters include:

  • Lack of control,
  • Heaters do not react to temperature changes
  • By the evening the heater has cooled and you need to alternative forms of heating. If you work 9 to 5 you may also be tired of heating your home while you’re out at work.

Benefits Of Changing To Energy Efficient Electric Heating

Fortress SW Ltd are official Rointe Installers and a able to design and install a new energy efficient, controllable heating system to suit your premises.

Thanks to the easy to use controls and accurate digital thermostat you will be able to set programmes that are specific to each room within your house. That makes for potential savings by only heating rooms such as your bedrooms to your comfort temperature when you occupy them and using the setback temperature when the rooms are not in use. You can eliminate waste heating from your home, reducing the electric consumption of your home.

Rointe Kyros radiators will vary in width depending on the size required for the room however they are generally smaller in size and weigh much less too.

Rointe Kyros

The fluid used in our radiators is an exclusive high heat transfer mineral oil with a high thermal stability & no corrosion risk.

With a thermal conductivity of 209W/(m*k), our aluminium has the best price/conductivity ratio on the market that favours air circulation.

Our radiators ensure the surface temperature does not exceed 43ºC (once reached steady working rate). The heat is distributed evenly throughout the radiator surface with no burn risk.

Contact Us to arrange a free site survey.

Coming Off Economy 7

 Many people find that by changing their tariff to a standard single rate, they can save money on most of their electrical appliances in their home.

Changing is simple

  1. Contact your current supplier and ask to be removed from economy 7. With modern meters this can be done remotely. For older meters you may require a visit or to have your electric meter swapped to a single unit.
  2. Once swapped onto a standard tariff, use a utility comparison tool such as Money Supermarket to find the most competitive standard tariff available to you
  3. Contact Us to remove your storage heaters and install your new Rointe Kyros Efficient Radiators.

Kyros Radiators

Replacing Storage Heaters Safely

Some older storage heaters used asbestos as an insulating board. However, since 1974 asbestos has not been used. If you have any doubts about your storage heaters insulation type please contact us. You can find a list of models containing asbestos from online resources such as the Asbestos Information Centre.


Daitem eNova Wirefree Alarm System

Daitem E-Nova Wire Free  Alarm System

The e-Nova wire free home alarm system from Daitem guarantees the best in protection and prevention of crime.

Comprising innovative technologies and a broad array of services, the e-nova home alarm provides you with constant protection for your home and business properties.

Wireless Technology

A wire free  system does not require any cable installation – not even a mains supply. All system devices are powered by high powered batteries lasting from 3-5 years (under normal conditions of use)Daitem Wirefree Alarm

The different components can be installed without any damage to the areas to be protected.

As no wiring is needed all equipment can be positioned in the most suitable positions

Alarm Control Panel

The control panel acts as the brain of the system, supervising the information received from the various detectors and control units. If an alarm is triggered, the panel sounds the siren and activates the alerts and deterrents. The speech synthesis system confirms the commands issued and indicates alarms occurring in your absence.

Daitem eNova Intruder AlarmUser-friendly Controls
Daitem has designed the control panel for the e-Nova system to be incredibly easy to use. You can arm, disarm and adjust the settings of your alarm with just a few buttons

Simple System Management
The e-Nova’s simple remote control allows you to arm and disarm the alarm system with just one button.




  • 20, 40 & 80 Zone Panels Available
  • Extra Long Battery Life – 3 – 5 Years
  • Disruption Free Installation
  • Speech Alerts & Notifications
  • Completely Wirefree – No Mains Supply Required
  • Pet Friendly Detectors
  • Wide Variety of Devices Available
  • Dog Bark Alert
  • Simple Operation

Wireless Home Alarm System

Contact us to discuss your requirements – 01297 441211







Alarm System Maintenance

Intruder Alarm Maintenance

Intruder Alarm & Burglar Alarm System Maintenance

Intruder alarm maintenance is crucial in ensuring your system’s continual integrity and reliability. Without regular intruder alarm maintenance,over time, components may begin to fail, potentially causing false alarms and leaving areas of your home unprotected.

With regular maintenance, we will visit you annually, to thoroughly check and test each component to prevent an issue from occurring.

A well-maintained burglar alarm offers a higher level of protection and is favoured by home insurance companies, many of whom offer lower premiums as well covering you in the event of an incident.

Alarm Monitoring Service

Alarm System Monitoring Service

Monitored alarms are designed to alert you to the first sign of intrusion or fire. If activated, your alarm will send a signal to an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) via a phone line, mobile or IP network.

If your alarm is triggered, the ARC will act immediately to notify you and initiate a quick and appropriate response. Wired and wireless alarm monitoring is available, depending on the set up of your system.



On receipt of a signal, the ARC will call you and any keyholders to notify you of the activation, so that immediate action can be taken, such as attending the property to investigate.


On receipt of a signal, as well as contacting your selected keyholders, the ARC will notify the Police (providing certain circumstances are met)


Suffering at the hands of theft or fire is a serious risk to any size business. As well as material losses, damage and risk to your staff, there’s the hassle and disruption that comes with it. Perhaps most costly is the potential loss of trade. If your business was forced to close for a day, how much would it actually cost you? Many businesses never recover.

For your business continuity, ensuring your security and safety systems are monitored represents a wise and cost-effective investment, especially as alarm monitoring costs are likely to be significantly less than those resulting from a break-in or fire. Using an alarm monitoring company means you will know about a risk to your business at the earliest opportunity, so it can be dealt with quickly. This significantly improves the ability to catch an intruder, fight a fire or address a business-critical issue.


In addition to burglar alarm monitoring, , we can also  monitor activations from a variety of security and safety systems, including your fire alarm and CCTV. However, this technology doesn’t stop at just security. Our alarm monitoring service can allow you to monitor almost any business-critical appliance or system, from server rooms and freezers to monitoring a power supply.

If you would like to discuss alarm monitoring services for your business, please contact us to arrange your free-of-charge surveyor visit.

The Benefits of Having an Intruder/Burglar Alarm System

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The Benefits of Having an Intruder/Burglar Alarm System

It is now an unfortunate fact of life that your  your home or business could be at risk of burglary/break ins. Even if you live in what may be statistically a low crime area, you probably still  worry about leaving your property, especially for long periods of time such as holidays.

Security alarm systems can help to alleviate this worry, as well as providing real protection for the important & personal possessions in your property.

Both London’s Metropolitan Police and a Which? survey of one-time burglars found that you’re far less likely to be burgled if you have a decent alarm system. Indeed, homes without security are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures in place, according to

Here are five fantastic reasons to install an Intruder alarm system in your home or place of work.

Burglar Alarm System

Leave your property for long periods without worrying

Most people go on holiday to get away from their home or work life. There’s no point ‘leaving’ your mind at home or in the workplace and spending the whole time you are away worrying about what might happen. An intruder alarm system keeps everything covered, deterring thieves even in your absence. That way, you can relax and enjoy your holiday, safe in the knowledge your building and valuables will be exactly as you left them.

Cheaper insurance

The more protected your items, the less likely they are to be stolen. Thieves are looking for the easiest time – they aren’t going to bother with a well-protected home or business premises. Just the sight of burglar alarms can be enough to deter an otherwise interested intruder.

This means that installing an intruder alarm system in your property can lower your insurance premiums. Your saving will depend upon your particular provider, but you could see a significant reduction in the cost of your premiums.

Intruder Alarm System

Protect what you love and value

All of us at home have a lot of valuable items inside – both in monetary and sentimental, . These days there are plenty of items that are attractive to theives such as mobile phones, , laptops, tablets, televisions, games consoles, stereos, cinema-systems, jewellery and expensive clothes. On top of this, car thieves often break into people’s homes in order to steal their keys and then take their vehicle, as most of us no longer put our cars in a secure garage.

Businesses often hold valuable stock, specialised equipment, and employee possessions. On top of this, your premises could contain sensitive data such as customer information. A break-in, even if no personal data is taken, may cause concerns among your clients, but may cause a company to close.

Remotely monitor your home

Smart Home Security systems can also include security cameras so that you can check what’s happening in your home. This is very useful if you are worried about what your children might get up to when they are away, or have pets you want to keep tabs on. Some security systems include remote locking, so you can ensure that windows and doors are always locked, as well as the ability to turn lights on and off remotely to deter would be intruders

Protect the things you care about with a Fortress Security System. View our range of security systems or contact us for more information.

Texecom Ricochet Wireless Alarms

Texecom Ricochet Wireless Alarms

Ricochet mesh networking wireless technology delivers more performance than any other wireless security system.

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Ricochet is based upon a mesh-network layout.  If you imagine a mesh, with a device at each join, that’s a rather complicated but accurate picture. Obviously with a security system the number of devices are fewer, but essentially every device talks to the other devices around it. Messages are routed to and from the controller via the mesh, and if for any reason part of the communication link is weak, then the data is rerouted via neighbouring devices to ensure that it reaches its destination. This is very different to the traditional point-to-point  of traditional wireless systems.

The range of a Ricochet enabled wireless system is greater than previous systems, with multiple devices capable of relaying messages to and from even the most remote locations in a building.Ricochet allows wireless protection to be installed in buildings/locations where standard radio-based systems simply will not work effectively and potentially cause false alarms.

As every device on a Texecom Ricochet System  is effectively a transceiver, it allows all areas of a site to link up and ensure delivery of signals in the most effective way.

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Texecom Ricochet Intruder Alarm Offer


With ‘in-range’ indication at each device, combined with automatic wireless routing, installing a wireless system has never been easier.

Multiple signal routes adapt to the environment instantly. Signal Security measurements provide peace of mind. Do more with wireless; be smarter.

Adding devices increases the range of the system making extra repeaters no longer required.


Ricochet can be used with Texecom’s Premier Elite range of control panels, l. Where stanard panels are installed, then Ricochet can be added via the use of expanders expanders. This ensures that existing systems can also benefit from Ricochet’s flexibility.