Preventing a fire outbreak and safeguarding the occupants of your building and their valuables during a fire accident should be a top priority for building owners and property managers. It’s often a challenging task to choose the right fire alarm system for your building. However, working in collaboration with an experienced fire alarm company can go a long way to ease the process for you. These companies will assess your building’s needs and help you pick and install the right system.
Here are three tips to help you choose the right fire alarm system for your building.
Assess Your Building’s Needs and Risks
The first step to consider while choosing a fire alarm system for your building is to carefully assess the various threats and risks within your building. It’s also important that you consider how the fire alarm system would alert the occupants of the building in the event of a fire. Essentially, the main purpose of a fire alarm system is to detect anomalies, sound alarms, and prompt people to get out of the building. To proactively mitigate a fire outbreak, you may need to install additional fire safety devices such as smoke detectors, sprinklers, and heat sensors.
After you have determined all the fire risks and identified all potential hazards and high-risk areas in your building, it’s important to consider where to place each device to promptly curtail fire outbreaks.
Consider Your Building’s Size and Layout
One of the biggest factors to consider while choosing fire alarms is the size and layout of the building. The building’s size and layout ultimately determine the points to place the gadgets, how much of them you’ll need, and how the residents would be alerted.
A smaller building will get by with a conventional fire alarm system. This kind of fire alarm system connects the control panel with each device on a separate wire, and are typically set up on zones. This way, when a device is activated, the system can identify the zone, and help narrow down the location of a potential fire.
On the other hand, large buildings with many floors or sections often require a more intricate fire alarm system, such as an addressable fire alarm system. In an addressable fire alarm system, all of the devices within a building are connected on one wire that is looped to the control panel. Each device has a unique address. This makes it easy to identify the exact location of an activated device without requiring a single wire connected to each device separately.
Choose the Right Devices for Your Building
Your fire alarm system should not work alone. You must include other supplementary devices as well. To make the system more responsive and your building safer, consider including notification devices like speakers, sirens, strobe lights, etc. In addition to that, building safety components such as ventilation systems or exit lighting can help ensure that residents exit the building safely during a fire.
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