When is a Commercial Fire Alarm System Required?

Do you own or manage a commercial property? If so, chances are that you are required to have a fire alarm system for your safety as well as the safety of all staff, occupants, or customers. The National Fire Protection Association lays out the guidelines and requirements for commercial fire alarm systems by property/occupancy type (see NFPA 72). You may also need to adhere to specific regulations that pertain to your individual municipality or local fire department. Having a commercial fire alarm system is not only required but also a smart idea. When your commercial property is on the line, every second count when fighting a fire. Having a commercial fire alarm system helps mitigate damage from fires by reducing the time it takes to act and fight the fire. With a functioning commercial fire alarm system installed and regularly inspected by Marco Protection Systems LLC, you can have peace of mind knowing that a fire will be detected before it becomes dangerous and out of control.

What is a Commercial Fire Alarm System?

A commercial fire alarm system is a network of fire alarms that are meant to detect potential signs of fire and alert people in the commercial property to the potential presence of a fire. Commercial fire alarm systems today are not just the simple pull stations you see in the movies or the sensor in your house that beeps every time it needs a battery change. There are several kinds of commercial fire alarm systems that may be more effective depending on the size and layout of your property.

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What types of Commercial Fire Alarm Systems are Available?

Choosing the right commercial fire alarm system is imperative for the effectiveness of the alarm and the safety of you and your property. There are several different kinds of alarms and each has its advantages and disadvantages that depend on the size and layout of the commercial property.

Automatic vs. Manual Alarm System

An automatic alarm system alerts you to a possible fire via an audio or visual signal after the alarm system senses heat and/or smoke. A manual alarm system triggers the same alert but the alert is manually triggered by human intervention.

Conventional vs Analogue Alarm System

A conventional alarm system has a central control panel that has zones hardwired into it that represent sections of a building. The zone of a triggered alarm can be identified on the control panel. The analogue fire alarm systems are more sophisticated and when an alarm is triggered, the exact location can be identified.

Two-Wire Alarm System

A two-wire fire alarm system is very similar to a conventional fire alarm system but instead of using separate sounder and detection circuits, you can include the sounder on the same circuit.

Wireless Alarm System

Wireless fire alarm system eliminates wiring between the control panel and the detector.

Are you overwhelmed with trying to choose the right commercial fire alarm system for your property? Contact Marco Protection Systems LLC. for help choosing a commercial fire alarm system that fits your business needs and requirements.