A fire alarm system is, arguably, the most important alarm system to install in any building. It alerts the residents of the building about the possibility of an open fire so that they can take action and evacuate to a safe place. These systems are customized according to the needs of each home or commercial space and for this reason, they need to be inspected regularly. For the installation process, a fire alarm system goes through the following steps.
Choosing the right fire detector is always important. The decision can be made by the residents together with the fire alarm installation service provider. There are various brands of fire detectors and according to each budget, the right number of fire detectors can be purchased.
According to local and national regulation, fire detectors are installed in each room of a building. They can be installed at various locations and the fire alarm installation service provider is responsible for finding the best location to install the fire detector.
Testing the fire detectors
Once the fire detectors are in place, they need to be tested for reliability. The residents of the building or the workers of the building also need to be trained on how to recognize the fire alarm and what to do in case of an alarm.
One of the first steps when dealing with fire alarm installation is finding the right service provider. All technicians delivering fire alarm installation services need to be certified. The companies can offer fire installation services for residential homes, schools, restaurants, and other public buildings. Their expertise often includes the installation of fire sprinkler systems, fire extinguisher installation, fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems installation, fire hydrants etc. Fire alarm inspection and repair is also included in the services.
The type of fire alarms to be installed
There are various types of fire alarms to be considered. They can be installed according to the specific needs of a building. A restaurant might have different needs from an office building and the type of alarms can be different as well.
Analog fire alarm
Modern control boards can handle false alarms. They can be constantly checking the air flow through the detectors. If the airflow is different to what is a standard preset, the control board can act to sound a specific alarm and not necessarily the entire alarm system.
Wireless fire alarm
Wireless fire alarms need to physical wiring. This allows them to work on a signal basis and most of them can reach distances of up to 500ft. They also come with the distinct advantage of needed less maintenance. In case any of the alarms break, it is also easy and inexpensive to replace.
Emergency lighting can also be installed as part of the fire alarm installation process. The lights have the role of offering minimum guidance in case of a fire with a power outage or solely in the case of a power outage. They are specifically helpful in large buildings where there are multiple inhabitants, offices, schools, shops or restaurants. A multi-level building can benefit the most when it comes to this type of emergency guidance.
Fire alarm installation should be made under the strict supervision of a licensed professional. The professional or group of professionals can find the most effective solutions in terms of legal safety requirements and can also offer cost-effective installation which abides by regulation. Regular maintenance checks can also be scheduled right after the fire alarm installation is done.