If you live in an area that is prone to getting fires, you need to do what you can to protect your business. One thing you can do is to install a fire alarm system through fire alarm services. There are different types of these systems to choose from, three of which are listed below. There are also different types of initiating devices.
Types of Fire Alarm Systems
One type of fire alarm system is known as the standard fire alarm system. This is what you will find installed in many businesses. With this you will have a separate fire alarm installed in different areas of your building. These areas are often referred to as zones. The fire alarm services company will first install a central control panel and then hardwire each fire alarm to the control panel.
There are also hybrid fire alarm systems. This is much like the standard system where the alarm is hardwired into different areas of your business's building. The main difference is that there is a control panel installed for each zone instead of having only one centralized control panel. Having separate control panels allows you to choose different types of settings depending on where the fire alarm is located.
A monitored fire alarm system is another type you will find. This fire alarm system is also known as an addressable alarm system. This type monitors each fire alarm that is installed in your building. Each fire alarm has a separate address which means you can more easily see if there is a problem with one or more of the fire alarms. This type of system is more expensive when compared to the other types available.
Types of Initiating Devices
An initiating device is what detects fire and smoke. Once anything is detected a fire alarm is activated. Some initiating devices include smoke detectors, pull stations, heat detectors, and other sensors. Some initiating devices detect high temperatures to alert there is a fire. Others will start detecting when smoke is entering the area. There are some initiating devices that detect both high temperatures and smoke.
The fire alarm sound is loud enough for everyone in your building to hear. The fire alarm also sends a message out so that fire trucks, ambulances, and police will come to your building.
Talk with a fire alarm services company to learn much more about the information above.