Are you looking for commercial fire alarm systems? No one wants to think about their commercial property going up in flames, but taking the time to consider it will help ensure that the commercial fire alarm you end up with is best suited to protect your business and the people inside it.
Having the right a commercial fire alarm installed in your business reduces the damage caused by fire in two ways. First and most importantly, your commercial fire alarm will alert everyone within the building to evacuate immediately if there was a fire. Secondly, your commercial fire alarm will send an immediate alert to the fire department as well as any management roles that need to be apprised of the situation immediately. This gets your building the help needed to put the fire out before it does the damage it’s capable of.
Not surprisingly, there is a huge assortment of commercial fire protection systems to choose from and all seem good at face value. To help you narrow your search for the best commercial fire protection system for your needs, we’ve put together a list of things to consider.
Four Things to Consider While Choosing a Fire Protection System
- Understand Your Priorities
The best fire alarm system for your commercial space depends on the use of your building and what you need to protect. For example, if there are a lot of people in your commercial space (perhaps you run a hotel or restaurant), you might want to invest in a fire alarm system that is designed to detect smoke, as that is the most common set up for alerting the people in a building before a fire ever develops, and saving lives in the worst case scenario. On the other hand, if you run a data center or your commercial space has more equipment than people, you might want to invest in a fire alarm system that alerts you to sudden changes in temperature.
Bear in mind that the job of your fire alarm is to notify you, the authorities, and the people in your building in case of a fire. Sometimes a fire suppression system includes a fire alarm, but a fire alarm system is not designed to suppress fires on their own.
- Understand the Building Codes in Your Area
The building regulations regarding fire alarms and fire suppression systems is not option in the commercial sector. It is every important that you understand what fire safety regulations your building is subject to, and that you are in compliance of them. You do not want to find out the hard way that your building was violating fire safety codes!
The best way to make sure you are in compliance is to consult a fire protection contractor; they make it their business to understand zoning regulations and how they apply to businesses like yours.
Keep in mind that just because your building is in compliance with fire safety regulations does not mean that is adequately protected. The point of fire safety regulations is to ensure that a fire in your building will not lead to a fire in every building on your street. It is not to ensure that your property and possessions and are safe in case of a fire.
- Size Your Fire Alarm to Match Your Building
In addition to the contents and purpose of your building, the size of your commercial space is an important driver in selecting the best fire alarm for your space. When selecting a commercial fire alarm system, make sure you take into consideration the square footage, the areas that are most prone to fire (such as the grills and ranges), how to best control the alarms, and what installation methods are best for your particular space.
- Make a Comparison of a Few Systems
Fire alarm systems are made for a large variety of purposes. Some of them are designed to get the premises evacuated immediately if there was a fire. Some systems are designed to trigger fire suppression systems and to turn off equipment that could make the fire worse. The best fire alarm system for your building depends on your risks and needs. Compare a few systems before identifying the fire alarm system that best meets your needs.
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