Fire is a common threat that endangers you every day, every time. whether it’s your home, offices, or any other commercial building. In that case, installing Fire safety equipment becomes necessary for any building or premise to protect lives and property. Numerous options are available in the market when it comes to fire safety equipment. Choosing the right fire alarm system can be confusing, and if the system is wrongly installed, it’s of no use then. There are a few things that you have to keep in mind while installing a fire alarm system in your building or house.
Types of Fire Alarm Systems
· Conventional Fire Alarm System
Conventional Fire Alarm Systems follow outdated technology and can be found in old residential buildings. In Conventional fire alarm systems, all detection devices like smoke detectors, heat detectors, and others are connected to one Panel that is called Single Line Circuit (LIC). The central station and devices exchange signals through the flow of electricity.
· Addressable Fire Alarm System
Addressable Fire Alarm Systems follow modern technology and give far better performance than Conventional Fire Alarm Systems. Addressable fire alarm systems can be found in newer residential and commercial buildings instead of conventional fire alarm systems. The major plus point of Addressable Fire Alarm Systems is, that they can spot the exact location where the fire is, but Conventional Fire Alarm Systems cannot. Addressable Fire Alarm Systems are highly programmable, and also reduce the overall wiring cost.
· Semi-Addressable Fire Alarm System
Semi-addressable fire alarm systems are a popular choice for many buildings as they offer a balance between cost-effectiveness and advanced features. In this type of fire alarm system, each device on the network has a unique identifier, but they do not communicate their individual status to the control panel in real-time.
Semi-addressable fire alarm systems are ideal for small to medium-sized buildings, such as schools, office buildings, and retail stores, where a simple fire alarm system is not enough, but a fully addressable system is not necessary.
Factors to Considering when Selecting Fire Alarm System
1. Building Type and Size:
It is one step towards ensuring the safety of lives and property, but choosing the wrong fire alarm system can also pose some risks. A fire safety system that fails to work properly or the wrong type of alarm can endanger your life. As you select a fire alarm system for your premise, you must keep the following factors in mind.
· For Residential Building- In residential buildings, the fire alarm system should be designed to provide early warning in case of fire. Smoke detectors are the most common type of fire alarm device used in residential buildings, and they should be placed in each room and on every level of the building.
· Commercial Buildings- Commercial buildings are generally large and occupy many rooms and floors, so there should be a type of fire alarm system that provides a quick and reliable response. Generally, Addressable fire alarm systems can be seen in Commercial buildings, as they can detect that exact location, floor, or room of emergency.
· Industrial Building- Industrial Buildings or premises need to install fire alarm systems that can provide early detection, to protect lives and property. The industrial building often requires to install of specialized fire alarm detectors like heat detectors, smoke detectors, and Aspirating smoke detectors too, so that false alarms can be ignored
2. Hazard Level:
When selecting a fire alarm system, it's important to consider the hazard level of the building. This involves evaluating the number of occupants in the building, the presence of flammable materials, the design of the emergency egress system, and the presence of a fire suppression system. The fire alarm system should be designed to provide early warning in the event of a fire, to ensure the safety of the occupants, and minimize the risk of fire. Additionally, the system should be designed to facilitate a safe and rapid evacuation of the building in the event of a fire emergency. The hazard level of the building will determine the type of fire alarm devices required, and an experienced fire protection professional can help you determine the right fire alarm system for your specific needs.
3. Detection and Alarm Devices:
Fire Alarms alone cannot tackle fire emergencies. Detection and alarm devices like heat detectors, smoke detectors, sirens, and strobes are important for any fire alarm system to work properly. You should also consider people with accessibility needs. Fire alarm systems need to accommodate all disabilities, including mobility, vision, and hearing impairments.
4. Perform the Quality Check on the Product:
Your building's fire alarm system should be carefully selected based on its quality and performance. A fire alarm is an investment that should be supported for many years to come. It is important to consider responsiveness, sound quality, custom alarm tones, and other features when choosing a fire alarm system.
NOTOFIRE offers the best fire alarm systems and fire safety equipment in the market. Their fire alarm systems are designed to provide early warning in case of a fire and to facilitate a safe and rapid evacuation of the building. NOTOFIRE’s fire alarm systems are available in both conventional and addressable configurations, and they can be customized to meet the specific needs of any building. In addition to fire alarm systems, NOTOFIRE also offers a range of fire safety equipment, including smoke detectors, heat detectors, and aspirating smoke detectors. With our commitment to quality and focus on customer satisfaction, NOTOFIRE is a trusted name in fire safety equipment and fire alarm systems.