How to Choose the Right Commercial Fire Alarm System
Choosing a fire commercial fire alarm system is not as straightforward as it may seem. Commercial fire alarm systems are more reliable and have more options and features than ever before, but not every choice is right for every application.
Fires are one of the greatest threats to any building in any industry, from government and healthcare to manufacturing and education. In order to protect the property, people, and its function you need to understand the options as well as your unique needs.
Types of Fire Alarms
Fire detection systems can be automatic, manual, or both. Each has advantages and drawbacks.
Manual systems are triggered when someone notices a fire and manually pulls an alarm. The advantage is that the alarm is sounded as soon as someone pulls it without delay. The drawback is that if the building is empty, there is no one to pull the alarm switch.
Automatic systems are triggered automatically when sensors detect smoke, heat, or fire. The advantage to this system is that it is effective when no one is in the building. However, there is a danger of the system failing during a power outage. For this reason, it’s important to change the batteries regularly and use quality back up batteries.
Combination or Hybrid Systems
A hybrid system combines the best of both manual and hybrid systems. If a person sees a problem before the detectors sense trouble, they can trigger the alarm manually right away. However, the automatic system works well when no one is in the building and for areas of the building that are less frequented.
Once you determine what type of system you need, you can decide what options best address your needs. Here are just a few of the latest options available.
Aspiration detection systems can determine the existence of a potentially dangerous environment and can detect the difference between smoke and dust. These are used in mission-critical spaces such as computer rooms and data centers.
Voice Evacuation Units
Emergency Voice Alarm Communication Systems deliver a pre-recorded or manual voice message during a fire.
Carbon Monoxide Detection
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can become lethal before it is naturally detected. The latest fire alarm solutions now include carbon monoxide detectors that can alert building occupants regarding unsafe CO levels.
Many commercial fire alarm systems offer downloadable apps that deliver instant alerts when trouble arises.
Fire alarm systems have been around a long time, almost 70 years in fact. In that time technologies have changed and over the last decade, they have advanced so rapidly that it is important to evaluate your current technology and determine if it is time for an upgrade. If you have any questions about your current system or want to know more about a new system, give us a call today!