A Fire Alarm System Has A Number Of Devices
A fire alarm system has a number of devices working together to detect and warn people through visual and audio appliances when smoke, fire, carbon monoxide or other emergencies are present. These alarms may be activated automatically from smoke and heat detectors or may also be activated via manual fire detection devices such as manual call points or pull stations. Alarms can be either motorized bells or wall mountable sounders or horns. They can also be speaker strobes which sound an alarm followed by a voice evacuation message which warns people inside the building not to use the elevators. Fire alarm sounders can be set to certain frequencies and different tones including low, medium and high, depending on the country and manufacturer of the device.
Over 70% of businesses involved in a major fire either do not reopen or subsequently, fail within 3 years of the fire.
Business fire alarm systems that are monitored can have a huge impact on the time-sensitive reaction that is needed. First responders are able to locate the start of the fire and get to it faster which could save your company.
- Do insurance companies give discounts for having a monitored fire security system?
Yes, most insurance companies do discount residential and commercial policies if your system is monitored.
- Do smoke and CO detectors expire?
Yes, the expiration date is on the device.
- How often should your devices be tested?
In most cases, the answer is yearly, but in medical facilities, they should be tested every 6 months.