Kenneth Brant 2016-12-21 14:00:00
In case a fire breaks out in your building, a fire alarm system can make the difference between life and death. However, there are many types of fire alarm systems on the market, and while you know you need one, knowing which one you need might not be that simple.
You are certainly looking for a reliable, cost effective solution, but there are a few things you should consider. Here are some of the differences between the fire alarm systems you will have to choose from.
Automatic fire alarm systems are equipped with sensors that can detect the presence of a fire. When that happens, the alarm will go off automatically to let everyone in the building know that they have to escape quickly.
The sensors of automatic fire alarm systems can detect either smoke or heat, so you will have to choose the right type of system for your building. Heat detecting systems will be more efficient in spaces where a fire can get dangerous before any smoke appears. Learn about automatic fire alarm systems via the Safelincs Fire Safety Forum.
Manuel fire alarm systems, on the other hand, are only activated when someone pulls the lever of one of those little red devices that are placed on walls.
While this type of system requires someone to witness the start of the fire and to pull the lever, its main advantage is that it reduces the number of false alarms that can occur when the sensors of automatic alarms are too sensitive.
Automatic fire alarm systems can be conventional or addressable. Conventional systems are cost effective and reliable, and they are a perfect option for small buildings. If you choose this type of system, your building will be divided into different zones, and sensors will be placed in each of them.
If a fire starts in one zone, the sensors detecting it will send a signal to the control panel, and the fire alarms and sprinklers of this part of the building will go off.
Addressable fire alarm systems are computerised and flexible, and they are generally a better option for large buildings. With this type of system, each sensor is connected to the control panel and can be activated individually.
This means that the fire alarms and sprinklers will only go off where they need to. Your addressable system will also help the fire department know the exact location of the fire, which will certainly help reduce fire damages.
All of these types of systems require wires, but radio fire alarm systems function with no wires. They are easy to install, and they look more discreet than other systems that use wires.
Hybrid systems are a mix of radio systems and wired systems. Both of these systems are cost effective, and they can be a good option for older buildings with no cables, or only a few of them.
If you are unsure which type of fire alarm system is right for your building, a provider of fire, life safety and security solutions should be able to help you define your needs and find the right option for you.
You might also need some help to find the right control panel, detection devices, signalling devices, and mass notification solutions to go with your fire alarm system. You may want to visit Chubb Edwards for more information about the fire alarm system products. The safety of your building is one of your priorities, and being well equipped and well prepared in case of a fire emergency can truly make a difference.