As a landlord or business owner, the importance of installing a responsive fire alarm system in your buildings cannot be overstated. In the event of a fire, a fire alarm system notifies your building’s occupants so they can evacuate to safety. Here are some other benefits of installing a fire alarm system.
In a business environment, an efficient fire alarm helps you protect your employees and properties.
However, from automatic to manual alarm options – there are several types of fire alarm systems available, which may or may not work for you. Hence, whether you are considering an upgrade of an existing system or desire to install new fire alarms on your property, it is important that you understand the different types of fire alarm systems available and how they work.
Manual and Automatic Fire Alarm Devices
Fundamentally, there are two different classes of fire alarm systems: manual or automatic. In manual fire alarm systems, pull stations or breakpoints are installed around the building so that occupants or employees can manually trigger them to alert others in the event of a fire.
On the other hand, automatic fire alarms are built to detect smoke or heat earlier, notify building occupants of potential danger, and convey the message to emergency first responders with audio-visual alerts. Furthermore, in addition to the aforementioned categories, fire alarm systems can also be classified as follows.
Conventional Fire Alarm Systems
In a conventional fire alarm system, several call points and detectors are hardwired to the main control panel in partitions called zones. Typically, a zone is a circuit in the fire alarm system which may be allocated circuit per floor or section. Allocating zones help to give a rough idea of the fire incident. This enhances fire management and building monitoring.
Addressable Fire Alarm Systems
This category of fire alarm systems is similar to conventional fire alarms. Addressable fire alarm systems can monitor all of the fire alarms in your building and indicate precisely which detector or call point triggered the alarm. In addressable fire alarms, the detection circuit is wired as a loop that can take up to 99 connected devices. Each alarm in these systems has its unique address, which allows you to monitor the status of each alarm and see if there are any issues.
Analogue Addressable Fire Alarm Systems
They are also called intelligent fire alarm systems. The primary purpose of analog addressable fire alarms is to help prevent false alarms, especially in large commercial premises. These systems are more complex and incorporate more facilities than conventional or addressable systems. They are also much more expensive and flexible.
There are different types of analog fire systems with detectors that are not intelligent. As an improvement, an intelligent analog addressable fire system has detectors and inbuilt computing units. These computing units evaluate the surrounding environment and appropriately communicate to the control panel to determine the exact event trigger – fire, fault, heat, smoke, or need for maintenance.
Wireless Fire Alarm Systems
Wireless fire alarm systems are more flexible, cheaper, easier to install, and more expensive than traditional wired fire alarm systems. These types of fire alarms use secure, license-free radio networks to interconnect sensors and devices with the controllers. Wireless fire alarms provide just as much protection as conventional wired systems except that they do not require wires.
Installing a fire alarm system alone is not enough, you have to schedule maintenance and testing periods to ensure the system gives you 100% efficiency whenever an emergency happens. Contact Trivestgroup on +234-802-230-6494 or forward a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for all your emergency system installation needs today.