Buying a Fire Alarm System is not something you should take lightly. There are specific legal codes that govern what goes into a commercial fire alarm system which pertain to life safety preservation. We adhere to the national fire code NFPA-72 for all state and local requirements when we design and install a certified fire alarm system. Your personal safety is our primary concern. Typical Fire Alarm Systems consist of these elements:
- Control Panel. Ties all the devices of the system together, provides status reports on each zone. The control panel is also connected to a monitoring station through either telephone or Ethernet/internet connection.
- Fire/Smoke Detectors. Detectors can work in one of several ways, but are most commonly either smoke or heat detectors. Often, a combination of both provides the best protection. Carbon monoxide detectors are another key safety feature.
- Pull Stations. "In case of fire, break glass!" Manual fire alarms are another important part of your fire alarm system; if someone sees a fire start, pulling a manual alarm can lead to a much quicker response that waiting for a detection device.
- Horns and Strobes. Strobe lights and loud horns and bells together are required to alert the normal and hearing / visually disabled of a fire.
- Water Flow and Tampers. Monitoring of a sprinkler system by a fire alarm system is mandatory across the United States. Dry contacts enable the supervision of the flow of water, and the closure or opening of the valves to prevent tampering.
- Backup Battery. Fires can easily disrupt your main power supply, a backup battery system ensures that your fire alarm system will continue to operate for a minimum of 24 continuous hours should there be a power outage
No matter what combination of sensors and keypads your fire alarm system uses, the most important single aspect of the whole setup is the monitoring service you use. When your alarm is tripped, it sends a signal to the monitoring station. An operator there will then call a pre-set list of contact telephone numbers to verify the alarm, and to cancel the fire department dispatch if verified as a false alarm.
Our UL listed monitoring station has around the clock 24 hour service, with live operators who give you instant feedback and answer any questions you may have.