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Care Homes

The Care Home sector has a duty of care for its residents and staff as well as having to provide constant protection of its property and assets from the threat of fire. Learn the key benefits of specifying Hochiki products in your care home environment.


Why does your Care Home need a detection system?


  • To comply with legislation
  • To provide a duty of care
  • For business continuity
  • For the earliest possible warning of fire
  • For the early and controlled evacuation of residents


Care homes in general have their own distinct set of requirements and potential problems that need addressing from the design stage right through to the day-to-day operations.


By their nature care homes protect the frailest and most dependant members of our society should therefore be designed and maintained as safe, comfortable and hazard-free environments.


When designing and installing fire protection for a care home, the potential disabilities of residents should have been taken into account. The design should feature:


  • Additional visual alarms
  • Manual Call Points fitted at lower heights for wheelchair users
  • Pagers for key staff
  • Vibrating pillow devices in sleeping accomodation for deaf residents


Complex Environment

Care homes can be extremely complex environments where the disabilities of the individuals have to be taken into account.

Distinct Requirements

Care homes in general have their own distinct set of requirements and potential problems that need addressing from the design stage right through to the day-to-day operations.

Evacuation Planning

The speed of an evacuation can be dramatically effected by those with disabilities and general reaction time will be much slower, therefore must be considered by the carers.

False Alarm

False alarms cause undue panic but more importantly, can have dramatic effects on the quality of life for the residents

Multi-level Risk

Care homes protect the frailest and most dependant members of our society, therefore presenting themselves with various LEVELS of risk.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

The most common causes of unwanted alarms are down to problems with product selection, misguided installation, or little or no system maintenance. The Chief Fire Officers' Association is pressing for measures that are likely to mean a reduced level of response for premises that have a poor unwanted alarm history.

Enhanced Sensitvity

Enhanced sensitivity of our Photoelectric Smoke Sensor, means it's equally sensitive to a wide range of fire/smoke types.

Sensitivity Adjustment

Hochiki has the functionality to adjust sensor sensitivities (prealarm and alarm) to suit any specific risk and offers visual alarms where required.

False Alarm Reduction

Proven reliability and virtual elimination of false alarms due to a suite of software enhancements to the robust Hochiki ESP communications protocol.

Diverse Product Range

Wide range of sounders and VADs capable of emitting a selection of tones at differing volumes, fully compliant to EN54 Part 23 to suit any environment or requirement based on the risk assessment.

Low Cost of Ownership

Added flexibility, low cost of ownership to the end user and the benefits of the enhanced, virtually error-free communications protocol (ESP) ensure Hochiki's products remain cost-effective, reliable and problem-free

Reliable System

Hochiki understands the importance of a reliable and smooth running life safety system. All unwanted alarms are disruptive, creating panic in the ensuing evacuation. Also, if there is a reoccurrance of false alarms, disbelief and complacency can occur during a real fire – something that could prove to be deadly.

False Alarm Management

Removal of Unwanted Alarms


Hochiki has taken its mission to eliminate unwanted alarms to a whole new level by redesigning the chamber structure within its photoelectric smoke detector range. The result is a high performance optical chamber that is equally responsive to all smoke types and helps to reduce the possibility of unwanted alarms.


Hochiki's addressable fire detection equipment is controlled by ESP (Enhanced System Protocol),a high integrity communications platform ensuring virtually error-free communications between the fire alarm control panel and the fire sensing equipment located in the protected areas.


Cost Effective


The lifespan of a fire detection system is generally considered to be in excess of 10 years. Therefore, although the initial cost of the system is important, the total cost of ownership – maintenance, servicing, breakdown charges and product replacement costs – can be many times higher than the initial investment.


A reliable high quality fire detection system from Hochiki will ensure that unwelcome and disruptive incidents will be all but eliminated, and that the costs associated with ensuring that it remains fit for purpose are kept to a minimum.



Open protocol - complete choice and flexibility


The options afforded by the ever-evolving technologies in the fire detection world are many and varied and, for the majority of today's businesses and property owners, can be confusing. You will receive advice from all quarters; the manufacturers of the equipment, the system designers/installers or your facilities management providers.


Regardless of the reasons that any one type of system is chosen over another, there is an absolute necessity that all of its components work seamlessly in providing the rapid and dependable detection of fire.


Hochiki provides an Open Protocol type system, we provide a range of devices and distribute the technical details of their protocol to third parties such as control panel manufacturers and other device or component manufacturers allowing all of them to produce compatible equipment – all utilising the same protocol.


With a Closed Protocol system a single manufacturer produces a range of devices AND control panels that all utilise its own specific protocol. This manufacturer does not provide general access to the technical details of its protocol and restricts the use of it to certain approved installation companies.


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Case Studies

Below you can see some examples of where Hochiki's products have been used in the care home industry.

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Below you can download our literature relating to care homes.

Martin Green

Our In-house Expert


Martin is one of our Systems Sales Managers and has been heavily involved in many Care home sector projects, giving him a wealth of knowledge in both fire detection and emergency lighting for these kinds of projects.


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