Fire Detection and Alarm Systems are intended to determine fires early in their development when time will still be available for the safe evacuation of the people. Early detection also plays an important role in protecting the safety of emergency response workforces. Property loss can be reduced and downtime for the operation could be lessen through early discovery because control efforts are started while the fire is still small. Most alarm systems provide information to emergency response team on the location of the fire, speeding the procedure of fire control.
Alarm Systems provide notice and usually transmit a signal to a staffed monitoring station either on or off site that allows the employees to know the situation of the office and the whole building. For the alarm systems to be useful, it must be joined with fire detectors to provide more security to office and most especially to your employees.
These above mentioned systems offers a lot of help as discussed above. Fire Alarm Systems may not control the fire but it contributes to the suppression of the situation as it detects the fire on the early state and such automatic sprinklers acts to control the fire. They will not, however, take action as quickly as a smoke detection system. This is the reason why rapid notice is essential, even with the presence of sprinklers, all office buildings still need fire detection and alarm system.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Fire Alarm System:
1. Plan/ Objectives for Fire Safety
The type of fire detection and alarm system used in every office facilities should be based upon the companies’ fire safety objectives. These objectives concerns the safety of the whole company, from the employees, operation, facilities, down to the equipment. Into what extent of risk and how much the company can afford to lose is an important factor to consider in planning their fire safety objectives.
2. Requirements and Components
Another factor when selecting a system, is the ongoing commitment that will be required over the life span of the system. Testing, inspection, and maintenance requirements for the said systems should be extensive. Initiating devices are elements of the system that originate a signal. Manual pull stations, detectors, and supervisory devices are included in this group of components.
3. Size of Office Area
Next factor is the size of the office area or the building. The number of fire detection and alarm system within the vicinity should compromise with the size of the office area. Because, eventhough an office had one system present within the vicinity but the area of the office is too big. The purpose of the system would not be fulfilled.
A manual pull station is basically just a switch that activates the alarm system when operated by a building occupant. This stations should be placed accessibly for the occupants to find. They are usually located along routes of travel that would be used while exiting the premises.
Detectors are available in different categories such as; heat, smoke, and flame detectors. And under each category are numerous additional specific types.