Types of commercial fire alarmsMayara
Obtaining the right fire alarm system for your building is a vital part of maintaining a safe work environment. It’s also a necessary component of remaining in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. To ensure you make the right choice when shopping for an alarm system, we’ll break down the most common types of commercial fire alarms and comprehensive systems on the market.
Manual vs. Automatic
There are two basic classes of commercial fire alarms: manual and automatic.
Manual Fire Alarms
Manual alarms require someone to use a nearby pull station to activate them. When a building occupant smells or sees hazards such as fire or smoke, they can approach a pull station, pull down the handle, and trigger the alarm system throughout the building.
Automatic Fire Alarms
Automatic alarms don’t require someone manually triggering them to alert building occupants. These devices use smoke and/or heat detectors, such as Simplex smoke detectors, for example, to monitor the environment you place them in. When an automatic system senses excessive heat or smoke, it will instantly trigger alarms like the Simplex horn strobe to alert building occupants in ample time.
The two most common types of commercial fire alarm systems are conventional and addressable.
Conventional Alarm Systems
A conventional fire alarm system requires dividing your building into different “zones.” Each zone will require a fire alarm, which connects back to a control panel. With conventional alarm systems, you have the option of using either automatic or manual alarms.
Addressable Alarm Systems
An addressable system is very similar to a conventional one. It requires sectioning off your building into different zones and giving each zone a designated alarm, which can be either automatic or manual. However, addressable systems get their name because each alarm receives its own unique “address.”
The address of each device allows you to separately monitor them and deal with any issues that arise. Additionally, addressable systems will show you exactly which device was triggered and where it’s located, which is incredibly useful information for the fire department to know when they arrive.
Now that you have a better understanding of the most common types of commercial fire alarms, choosing the right system for your building should be a breeze. At the Fire Alarm Supplier, we can help you obtain the best fire prevention equipment for your building. Contact us to know more!