New Technologies to Improve the Safety & Efficiency of a Commercial Fire Alarm System

A fire is one of the most catastrophic things that can happen to your business. Fire damage can take weeks or months to repair and can be a huge hit to your bottom line. One way to ensure that your business is protected is to install a comprehensive fire alarm system that utilizes technology to improve safety and efficiency.

There are a number of tools and components that you can integrate into your fire alarm system. Let’s take a look at a few:

 

Mobile Apps

Fire codes prohibit fire alarm systems from being controlled remotely, so you can’t use an app to control the system the way you would a burglar alarm. However, an app can be used to monitor a fire alarm system.

Many of these monitoring apps can provide you with information about specific connected fire alarm devices and what triggered an alarm. They will also keep logs of the dates and times that devices sound, so you can reference them at a later date.

The ability to remotely monitor a fire alarm system can be helpful for many businesses, but it can be a huge asset to large businesses that have multiple locations or buildings. For example, if you manage multiple convenience store locations and there is a fire alarm going off at one of them, you can access the system through an app to determine the location of the alarm and why it’s going off.

 

Voice Evacuation

“Attention please: There has been a report of an emergency. Proceed calmly to the nearest exit, and leave the building immediately.”

Spoken messages like the one above have been used to evacuate public facilities for many years. However, recently the use of voice evacuation has become a standard feature on many fire alarm systems and is even required by some fire codes.

Voice evacuation is being used in more applications because it is considered to be a better alternative to traditional loud, jarring fire alarms. A voice is more soothing and less likely to cause people to panic.

Voice evacuation alerts can be programmed to let people know what the danger is and give specific instructions for avoiding it. They can also be used to more effectively deploy first responders who have arrived on the scene.

 

Efficient Notification Devices

A fire alarm system requires a steady stream of electricity in order to function. Many older systems are not energy efficient, so powering them can be quite costly. In an effort to help businesses cut electricity costs, alarm manufacturers have made notification devices much more energy efficient.

Since the new devices draw less current, more of them can be on a single circuit. Many of the improved chimes, horns and strobes use 20-35 percent less energy.

 

If you would like to learn more about any of these technologies and how they can be integrated into your current fire alarm system, contact us today!