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C-TEC’S Hush Buttons fully monitored fire detection is chosen by Cottsway Housing

Published on 1 July 2011
Cottsway Housing headquarters, the association have upgraded their fire alarm systems with C-Tec Hush Buttons
Hush Buttons meet the requirements of BS 5839, the code of practice for fire alarm systems in dwellings

One of the UK’s most innovative Housing Associations has installed C-TEC’s award-winning Hush Buttons at several of its sheltered blocks of flats.

With an annual turnover of £15 million and a target development programme to develop on average each year at least 140 properties, Cottsway Housing is the largest registered provider of social housing in West Oxfordshire. It is currently utilising hundreds of Hush Buttons at its sheltered housing schemes. Needless to say, C-TEC’s innovative product is proving incredibly successful.

A major breakthrough in the battle against false alarms in flats, apartments and sheltered accommodation, Hush Buttons provide residents with the means to silence false alarms themselves should they set the fire alarm off accidentally, thus preventing unnecessary building evacuations, expensive fire service call outs or a true fire alarm signal being ignored.

Said Colin Walker, Fire Safety Officer at Cottsway: “We installed Hush Buttons as part of the fire alarm upgrades within our sheltered blocks of flats which do not have wardens or staff on-site 24 hours a day. At some flats there was real complacency that if the fire alarm sounded it was because someone had burnt the toast. C-TEC’s Hush Buttons have eradicated false alarms and restored confidence in the fire alarm system.”

Designed to work with widely available Apollo XP95 or Hochiki ESP analogue addressable fire alarm systems, Hush Buttons meet and exceed the requirements of BS 5839 part 6 (the code of practice for fire alarm systems in dwellings) by providing reliable, fully monitored fire detection, alarm and silencing facilities inside each individual flat or apartment.


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