Most Common Fire Alarm System ProblemsMayara
After installing a fire alarm system in your commercial building, they can run into some issues along the way. Sometimes it’s a technical problem, while other times it’s a problem with the alarm upkeep. This guide will take you through the most common fire alarm system problems which can be easily avoided with the right knowledge and motivation.
One of the most frequent issues that fire alarm systems run into is false alarms. Sometimes, this can be a glitch in the system or a problem with contaminants like dust working their way into smoke detectors. On the other hand, there is the classic situation of burning your lunch in the office kitchen and accidentally setting off a nearby alarm.
Regular inspections and maintenance will help you out with the first two issues, but we’ll dive into that more later on. As far as burnt lunch setting off a smoke alarm, an easy solution would be to swap out that detector for a photoelectric smoke detector.
Insufficient Number of Alarms
It’s understandable if you’re trying not to buy too many alarms, but you can accidentally end up with not enough detectors to protect your commercial building by cutting corners. Before buying smoke and heat detectors, take the time to learn how many alarms you need in accordance with NFPA guidelines, specifically as it pertains to the specific size and occupancy level of your building.
That way, you can put together a well-thought-out layout that showcases exactly how many detectors and other system devices you need for your building instead of just guessing and winding up with too many or too few.
Lack of Proper Maintenance
Last but definitely not least is simply a lack of carrying out the proper maintenance procedures. That’s why it’s important to have a professional come in on an annual basis and inspect your alarm system for any problems. Doing this will help you learn about problems such as improper installation, dead batteries, and dusty devices. If these problems go unnoticed, it could lead to the devices not working properly when an emergency occurs.
Aside from an annual inspection, make sure the maintenance team in your building regularly checks smoke detectors and other system components for the accumulation of dust and when necessary, lightly dust the devices to keep them clean and functional.
Now that you know some of the most common fire alarm system problems, you can take the proper steps to avoid them or quickly fix them if they occur. If you’re still in the early stages of putting together a quality commercial fire alarm system, The Fire Alarm Supplier is here to help. We can outfit your commercial building with the latest in high-quality system components, whether you need manual pull stations, smoke detectors, strobe lights, or other devices.