Commercial fire alarm monitoring is an important service to better protect your business from potentially devastating fires. However, the actual system is as important as the monitoring service. Fire alarms are designed to detect smoke, heat, or other indicators that a fire is active in your building. And because fires can engulf a building in mere minutes, every second counts.
The better your system, the greater protection your business has because it will be able to alert you, or the monitoring company, of a fire quicker. There are many different types of systems on the market, and which one is right for your business will depend on a number of factors, including:
- Size of the Building
- Type of Business or Service
- Level of Service Desired
1. Automatic VS Manual Systems
There are two types of fire alarm systems, automatic and manual. Manual systems generally require a person to physically activate the fire alarm, such as by using pull stations in key locations. Automatic systems, however, sound the alarm and notify the commercial fire alarm monitoring service as soon as they detect that a fire may be present.
2. Conventional Systems
Conventional systems, which can be either manual or automatic, divide the building into sections, or zones. Each section gets its own fire alarm which is connected to the main control panel.
3. Addressable Systems
Like their conventional counterparts, addressable fire alarm systems allow each area of the building to have a fire alarm that is connected back to the main control panel. However, with an addressable system, you can see which alarm was tripped to better direct first responders to the area.
4. Expanded Options
There are a number of additional options you can get when installing a new fire alarm system for your business. Some options include, but are not limited to:
- Sprinkler Systems – automatically dispense water or chemical fire retardant when a fire is detected.
- Containment Systems – Lock down areas that are affected to prevent the spread of fire.
- Ventilation – Remove or reduce smoke and fumes in the area to aid in evacuation efforts
Commercial Fire Alarm Monitoring
When a fire breaks out, every second counts. When you have a monitoring service on your side, the proper authorities are notified as soon as the alarm is tripped.
This can be very valuable after hours and can mean the difference between total loss and minimal damages. You can also consider having your system professionally designed to meet your businesses unique needs.
To learn more about protecting your business with commercial fire alarm monitoring, please contact the experts at Mijac Alarm today for a free consultation in the Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding areas.