One of the essential parts of an effective, complete commercial fire suppression system is a good fire alarm system. A well-designed fire alarm system keeps your business safe by protecting your building, employees, and customers. Choosing one that fits the needs of your business can be tricky, however, with all of the different options out there. Let’s take a look at some of the options available for your commercial fire alarm system.
Manual and Automatic Fire Alarm
The most basic difference in fire alarm systems is automatic versus manual. An automatic system can detect heat or smoke and triggers upon sensing them. A manual system can activate the alarms too, but require someone to trigger them at a pull station.
Addressable and Conventional Fire Alarms
Another basic difference you’ll find is the addressable or intelligent system versus the conventional system. Addressable fire alarms assign a unique address to each device which initiates the alarm, such as pulls or detectors. This makes it easier to see when devices fail and can save time in larger buildings when doing basic maintenance. Conventional systems hardwire devices to a central control panel in different zones. These are great for smaller buildings with a limited number of devices.
One of the things you’ll need to be aware of as a commercial property owner is the Americans with Disabilities Act, which mandates that all manual fire alarm devices must be accessible to people with disabilities. So, in order to comply, you’ll have to take a look at a couple of things. The height of the control panels and fire alarm pull stations will need to be at a height accessible to people in wheelchairs. The force necessary for device operation will need to be minimal to ensure that disabled people will be able to activate the system. Finally, the audio-visual components of your system will need to be effective for the hearing-impaired and the blind.
Call Biles Fire Protection for All your Fire Alarm Needs
Biles Fire Protection can help with all of your residential or commercial fire safety needs. We have the equipment and expertise to install wet sprinkler systems or dry sprinkler systems at affordable prices. We are well known for our top-notch customer service, quick response times, and reliable support and maintenance. To get a quote for your sprinkler system, fill out our online request form. For more information and to chat about how we can help meet your fire safety needs, visit us online or give us a call at (443) 701-8330. To get more fire safety tips and information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.