How to Choose the Right Fire Alarm System for Your Business

December 4, 2014

Protecting your employees and your business in the event of a fire should be a very high priority. Business owners and managers know just how important an alert system is, both from a legal perspective and a common sense safety perspective. But with a very wide range of fire alarm systems available on the market, it’s not as obvious which system you should choose. Most likely, you’ll need to bring in an expert from the fire alarm company to assess your needs and help you choose the right system to ensure the safety of your employees.

Assessing Risks and Threats

The first step in choosing a fire alarm system will be to identify what the most likely risks are and how the fire alarm system will alert the occupants of the building. The fire alarm system will just be the alert system which indicates that everyone should leave the building, so don’t assume that this will be the only fire safety measure that you take. You may also need sprinklers, smoke detectors, and heat sensors to ensure that the fire alarm system goes off in a timely manner.

Types of Fire Detection Systems

Depending on the building and risks, you may need one or more types of fire detection equipment. Ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms, dual-sensor alarms, air sampling, and simple smoke detectors can all be used effectively depending on the space and the likelihood of smoke, heat, or fire.

Providers of fire alarm systems and other fire safety equipment are experienced in assessing and equipping businesses with the right combination of security measures. Depending on the size and layout of your building, having fire alarms spread widely on each floor and in places like stairwells and hallways will be important. The details will have to be decided based on your location and business.

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