Fall is upon us, and October is the official fire safety month. Are you prepared?
According to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Tennessee ranks as 6th in the nation for highest fire mortality. However, there are many preventative measures you can take towards fire prevention and when it comes to commercial settings, proper installation of a fire alarm system can be crucial.
First, it is important to understand that a fire alarm system is far more complex (and effective) than just having a smoke detector. While smoke detectors are a central component of fire alarm systems, they typically do not provide the security and safety needed in commercial environments.
A fire alarm system is responsible for regulating an entire system of fire alarm modules within a building, and can operate through mechanical or electronic activation. The benefits of a fire alarm system include reports and notifications of fire, smoke or excess heat within a facility, as well as a source for emergency evacuation and fire extinguishment. These systems will also alert the appropriate staff of water flow issues within a sprinkler system or pull system. Recent updates and development within modern fire alarm systems include the ability to identify the exact location of possible fire danger.
A fire alarm system functions in at least one of three modes: regular (normal), alarm, and trouble—and this mode is updated and accessible in real time via the system’s control panel. When a system goes into alarm or trouble, the building will be notified so that all occupants can take the proper precautions to make a safe exit.
When it comes to fire system installation, it is imperative that this procedure is done by highly qualified professionals to guarantee that the design is conducive with a building’s structure and that there are absolutely no wiring or operational setbacks. This is necessary in corporate and industrial settings, to ensure the safety of all employees.
To give you an idea of what a fire alarm system typically consists of, you can expect the following:
- Smoke/ heat detectors
- Fire Alarm System Boxes
- Sirens/ strobe lights that provide immediate warning of danger
- Positioning throughout building that determines the exact problem area
- Mitigation and sprinkler systems to reduce injury and damage
If you already have a fire alarm system installed, and haven’t had it inspected recently, now is the time.
Schaffhouser Electric provides inspections that can verify proper use and function of your system, by methodically examining every portion of the system, including your power supplies and the functionality of the system itself.
Here are a few other safety tips to make sure your corporate environment is prepared in the event of a fire:
- Schedule regular inspection and maintenance of all firefighting equipment
- Ensure that all receive proper fire protection and prevention training
- In areas of hazard, enforce a no-smoking policy
- Create a fire emergency plan for all areas of your corporate environment, and make sure it is always visible
If you are interested in the system of a fire alarm system, or would like an inspection on your current system, contact Schaffhouser Electric today!