Commercial fire alarm systems are relatively similar to residential fire alarm systems. Although they are similar, commercial fire alarm systems are more advanced, must be frequently tested and maintained, and protects more people. We are going to discuss some of the differences between these types of systems, the importance of maintaining a commercial fire alarm system, and the different types of systems that are available.
Differences Between Residential and Commercial Systems
There are a lot of differences between residential and commercial fire alarm systems, however, it depends on the specifics of each system.
For example, there are some systems that are battery-powered whereas modern systems are hardwired into your electrical system (which is more effective as there is no risk of the alarm’s battery dying). Another difference is that commercial fire alarm systems will typically be connected to a sprinkler system and perhaps a telephone, which automatically requests the fire department if a fire were to break out.
All in all, the main difference is that commercial systems are more complex than residential systems, and this is necessary for safety reasons.
Maintaining a Commercial Fire Alarm System
Commercial building owners usually won’t worry about their fire alarm system too much and will instead hire a professional to take care of it for them – it’s smart to do this given that professionals will have much more experience on how to deal with them, although it’s also more expensive which is often the reason for the lack of maintenance.
You should have a professional inspect your fire alarm system roughly once a month or at the very least every 3 months. After inspecting the system, you’ll be told whether or not it passed the inspection and if it hasn’t, you’ll be told what needs to be repaired and once any faults are fixed, you’ll receive another inspection which will likely pass.
It might seem frustrating if you have to pay for an expensive fire alarm system replacement but keep in mind, this is a precaution which is in place for the safety of you, your staff, and your customers; it’s important that it works properly and it’s something that all businesses have to maintain.
Different Types of Systems That Are Available
Below we have detailed some of the different fire alarm systems that are available for commercial buildings.
Wireless Fire Alarm Systems. A wireless fire alarm system will cost you more than other systems, but is often preferable due to how flexible they are to install. This type of system is appropriate for any building where a wired system isn’t an option.
Analogue Addressable Fire Alarm Systems. This is as complex as it gets. The alarms which are connected to an analog addressable fire alarm system are individually monitored and incredibly sensitive – this means that a fire can be detected early on, located, and extinguished in less than a minute.
Regardless of whether you have a residential or commercial fire alarm system in place, you should have your fire alarms tested frequently. When it comes to commercial systems, especially given that these systems are in place to protect a lot more people than other systems, it’s important that you make sure you have the most up to date fire alarm system, that you have it maintained, and that you are constantly doing everything that you can to ensure the safety of your employees and customers.