How to Select the Best Commercial Fire Alarm System

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Not all fire alarm systems are the same. Depending on your needs and your budget, your alarm system is probably going to be very different from your neighbors’. When it comes time to choosing a fire alarm system, here are some of the key things you need to consider.

Consider Protection Types

A fire alarm system is designed to save your property, save your life, or both. There are different aspects of a fire alarm system that will do one or both of these things. For example, smoke detection is a component of a fire alarm system that will save your life by detecting a possible fire early on. Heat detection systems, on the other hand, detect heat and notify authorities. If you have a fire alarm system that also includes sprinklers to suppress the fire, this is primarily a feature for property safety.

Look at City Codes and Requirements

If you are operating a business, there are probably regulations in place in city code that dictate the minimum requirements for a fire alarm system in your building. Ask city officials or the fire department in your area if you have questions about this so you can be sure you are in compliance. Once you know you are incompliance, there might be additional protections to consider that might be important to you or your business.

Contact a NICET Professional For Commercial Fire Alarm Inspections, Testing, Repairs and Certifications

It is one thing to know what the minimum requirements for fire protection are in your area and something else entirely to actually be able to implement these changes in your home or business space. Always make sure to consult with a professional who can help fit your building with the proper fire alarm components and the best locations for them.

There are several different purposes for fire alarm systems, as well as components and equipment to consider. Choose the best fire alarm system as well as learn how to spot the best commercial fire alarm companies in West Chester, PA, with these key considerations.

8 Comments on “How to Select the Best Commercial Fire Alarm System”

  1. My friend was telling me that he really wants to replace the fire system in his house, but they weren’t sure what type of system to choose. I never knew that heat systems are actually good for notifying authorities of a fire! Since he has little kids in his house, it would be nice to get help there as soon as possible.

    1. Photoelectric smoke detectors are the recommended protection for a home today. Heat detection is secondary.

  2. The store I work at is in need of a new fire alarm and is wondering how to find the best one to be installed. So I like your suggestion to talk to city officials about what codes and requirements they have on systems. I will be sure to tell my boss that they should be sure to talk to some city officials so that the fire alarm system they have installed can match the rules of the city.

  3. It’s quite nice that cities have regulatory codes and requirements for businesses in the terms of safety against fire and the likes as you’ve mentioned under codes and requirements. That is very reassuring to learn as I feel a lot safer knowing that corporations have to install good fire alarm systems in their offices and buildings. Personally, I would have some installed in our home too. It should prevent any potential fire hazard that could endanger my family. Thanks!

  4. I’ve been wanting to get a good fire alarm monitoring company. I’m glad you talked about being sure we look at city codes and requirements. I’m going to have to look for a few fire alarm options and see what we can find!

    1. Jordan,

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  5. The article makes a very good point about checking with city code before choosing your company’s fire alarm. After all, there may be special codes and needs that you have to meet when choosing a commercial fire alarm. Once you’ve checked that out though you need to focus on one that can be reliably triggered no matter how bad the fire is.

  6. That’s cool that for some fire alarm systems the company will also install a monitor that’ll let the authorities know if there’s a fire. Fires are a pretty scary thing and can cause a lot of damage. It’d be important to have a good fire alarm so that if there is one, it won’t get out of control.

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