In order to be compliant with National Fire Protection Association codes, state and local guidelines, and, most importantly, protect your employees, customers, and inventory, you need a commercial fire alarm system. Whether you are constructing a new building or updating an existing system, we’re sharing what you need to know to set up fire alarm installation for your business.
Understanding Commercial Fire Alarm Systems
A code-compliant, commercial fire alarm system is designed to detect fire (or smoke), sound an alarm to people in the building, and connect to a monitoring company in order to quickly dispatch first responders. The components include:
- Control panel
- Primary and backup power supply
- Initiating devices that sense and indicate there is a fire, including automatic detectors that measure smoke, heat, carbon dioxide, and flames, as well as manual detectors that sound alarms after pulling a handle or pressing a button.
- Notification systems, including speakers, bells or sirens, and flashing lights.
- Safety notifications that improve evacuation, including exit lighting to guide the way.
Of course, more complex systems can include additional components, such as sprinklers, or they may connect with a security system.
There are two main types of commercial fire alarm systems:
- Conventional fire alarms are linked with each initiating device wired to the control panel and set off in zones. This allows the first responders to know which zone is on fire though there isn’t a way to learn the specific location within the zone. These are often used for smaller buildings and smaller businesses as they are simple and less expensive.
- Addressable Fire Alarms are digital and each device has an address within the system, so the first responders can go directly to where the fire is located. This type of system is highly customizable and advanced, often ideal for larger buildings.
Factors That Affect Fire Alarm System Installation
When choosing a fire alarm system, it’s important to consider the needs of your building. A good fire alarm installation company will be well-versed in fire code so they’ll be able to walk you through legal minimums as well as what will work best for your business. This includes:
- Size of your building
- Type of business – warehouses and movie theaters may be the same square footage but have very different needs for fire alarm systems!
- Integration with security system
- OSHA standards
- Americans with Disabilities Act and standards for your building
Choosing a Fire Alarm Installation Company
When you are looking for a vendor to install your fire alarm system, consider these criteria:
- Familiar with regulations for your location;
- Can provide comprehensive service, including installation, maintenance, and fire alarm system inspection;
- Licensed with the National Institute for Certification of Engineering Technologies (NICET);
- Can provide fire alarm monitoring;
- Are experienced in all types of fire protection and alarm systems, including fire suppression and sprinkler systems;
Your business, employees, and equipment are too important to leave to chance. You need a fire alarm installation company that can design and install a customized system that will go beyond the minimums and ensure your building is properly protected.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Fire Alarm Installation Company
If you’re in need of a fire alarm system for your business or organization, we can help. Our team designs and installs custom systems, and each technician is NICET certified, specializing in wiring, fire alarm protection, monitoring, and more. We proudly serve Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Myrtle Beach areas offer free consultations to help you determine what system you need and provide a quote for services. To learn more, call us today at 800-255-5664 or fill out the form below!