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.