First and foremost, it is law or code for all new commercial buildings to have fire alarms. Beyond following local and national fire codes, having a properly functioning fire alarm saves lives! In the event of a fire, seconds save lives; for example if you are on the 5th floor of a building and the fire starts on the 1st floor, without being notified immediately by an alarm, it might be too late to escape safely by the time you are aware there is a fire. A fire alarm is something you never want to need, but always want to have.
There are several types of alarms, that cover various types of buildings and situations:
Local Fire Alarm - this type of alarm is typically found in older buildings, or in houses. When this alarm activates, sounding devices go off locally. Fire Companies and police are not notified unless someone near the building hears the alarm and calls. These types of alarms are divided in two categories
Central Fire Alarm - this type of alarm system is connected to a central station that monitors the alarm activity 27/7. When the alarm is activated, the fire department is notified within seconds, as well as other authorized parties (our company, you, maintenance etc.) Additionally, in the event of a trouble signal, or if a daily communication test fails our company and you are notified immediately, and the issues can be addressed right away. These types of alarms are divided in two categories:
Fire alarm monitoring ensures that your alarm is being watched 24/7 by a central station. This 24/7 monitoring is additional protection, and will notify the fire department within seconds, even if the building in not occupied. Additionally, if there is a trouble signal, or the fire alarm fails to communicate a daily test, our company and you are notified immediately. Monitoring not only gives you peace of mind, but ensures that your system is up and running 24/7 and in the event of a fire notified all parties quickly. Do you need it? Depending on the size of your building determines if it is a requirement by local authorities. However, we highly recommend that all alarms be monitored, particularly for building that are unoccupied for portions of the year.
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