Fire Alarm System Design
Designing your fire alarm system properly will have major advantages, for both you and your occupants. Now, most buildings will have a compliance code that requires fire alarm systems to be properly set up in the facility, but partnering with a trusted and certified fire protection design team will give you the peace of mind you deserve.
Fire alarm systems consist of a variety of different pieces of technology that all work in conjunction to notify people – both occupants within the facility, as well as fireman and police – when a potential fire has broken out inside the premises. And when it comes to fire safety, every second counts! Normally a fire alarm system will have smoke detectors and/or heat detectors scattered throughout the facility that to detect when smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide are present. When a potential fire is sensed by the system, an alarm is triggered throughout the building, which normally will be an audio alarm by way of bells, speakers, horns, or voice evacuation messages. At the same time, modern fire alarm systems will notify the local fire and police agencies of the outbreak, thereby allowing the fastest possible response time.
Early Detection Technology
You want to make sure your system has intelligent and early detection technology. Most fire alarm systems these days have so-called ‘intelligent’ technology, which includes maintenance alerts, notifying you when an alarm has become dirty and needs to be cleaned out. This technology ensures that your system will always be operating top notch. But it will also benefit you to have an alarm system with the best early detection technology, so that not only will the fire be sensed as early as possible, but also so the local fireman will automatically be notified, decreasing the time of the active fire.
Make sure that all of the building occupants can clearly hear the alarm if activated. Therefore, you have to make sure that the sound of the alarm will reach every area of the building, and reach it clearly. Furthermore, in cases where some occupants are hard of hearing, you need to make the necessary adjustments. You need to make sure the volume of the alarm is loud enough so all can hear it, or in some cases, you can add a visual notification along with the audio.
Reducing False Alarms
There are several reasons why you want to make it a main priority that your alarm system is not triggered by false alarms. Firstly, fire departments hold the building owner responsible for their trips to the building, and if they are summoned by a false alarm, that will cost the owner. Secondly, false alarms will cause downtime in the production of the facility, as it will require occupants to evacuate. Finally, if occupants continually hear false alarms, they may become desensitized, and no longer take the alarm seriously.