How to Choose a Fire Alarm System for Your Business (part 2)


Choosing the most appropriate alarm system to protect the people on site

The most important element of a fire alarm system is to guarantee that it can alert all people on your premises to danger. It is your responsibility to protect all people on site, therefore, your business’s alarm system must consider the potential requirements of them.

If there are a number of people on your premises, you will need to directly communicate with them. In this case, a fire alarm system with a public address system built in is the most appropriate because it helps you give specific evacuation instructions as well as reassure people.

There may also be people who are hard of hearing or vulnerable people on site. In these cases, you have to ensure that your alarm system takes into account their safety needs. Moreover, special fire alarms which can send radio wave signals to pager devices may be required for people with hearing difficulties.

Is it necessary to have a fire alarm system which allows two-way communications?

In fact, two-way communications are necessary to provide communication between people on site and people outside of a burning building. It is appropriate in particularly dangerous situations or for the buildings having delayed evacuation procedure.

Special requirements for fire alarm systems

In some situations, it is necessary to use very early warning smoke detectors to detect a fire right the moment it starts so that the evacuation can begin immediately. This may be used in places like the concert, theatres, and entertainment venues with a lot of people gathering in a small space.

Museums or listed buildings may require wireless fire alarms because there are less upheaval and damage caused by having to lay physical cabling that may spoil the building.

Contact a professional specialist for installation and maintenance

It is advisable to consult the advice of a professional fire alarm specialist about how to best protect your business from fire.

How to Choose a Fire Alarm System for Your Business (part 1)

It is proven that fire alarm is one of the most important investments which your business can make to help save lives. It is legally required to have a Fire Risk Assessment that defines the requirements for a fire alarm system to be installed on any commercial premise and that it is regularly tested.

When it comes to selecting a fire alarm system, don’t just consider the cheapest option. The most deciding factor should be how effectively the alarm can alert people to danger and protect their safety on your premises.

Identify all of the fire threats to your business

When choosing a fire alarm system, the first stage is to define the fire risks to your business. This should be included in your fire risk assessment to set out potential hazards which could result in a fire and areas of the higher risk. From knowing how, where, and what types of fires can start, you can set up a combating strategy for the fire threat to your business.

For example, if materials that are stored on your premises would produce much smoke when being burned, smoke detectors would be most appropriate in this case. If materials produce much heat as well as relatively little smoke when being burned, heat detectors would be more suitable. Using this method of understanding fire threats helps provide a better choice to protect your business.

Consider the size and layout of your premises

The size and layout of your premises is another key consideration when choosing the alarm system to offer complete fire protection. Smaller commercial properties are likely to be more suitable for conventional fire alarms, consisting of detectors and call points which can be activated automatically or manually to raise the alarm. These alarm systems can identify which zone the alarm has been triggered by using the basic fire detection zones when they are wired back to a central control panel.

The larger business premises usually require more sophisticated alarm systems. Buildings with multiple floors will require at least one fire detector on each level and even each room in some case.