As children, we all learned the simple mantra: stop, drop, and roll!
Hopefully, we never have reason to put those instructions to the test. As adults, few of us ever receive formal training on how to prevent fires. But if you’re the owner or manager of a commercial property of any kind, that means the responsibility falls on your shoulders to educate yourself about the best fire protection services available today.
Yes, there are likely local and state building codes that require you to provide some degree of fire protection, but when it comes to health and safety, do you really want to do the bare minimum? Today, 65% of businesses have no fire or evacuation plan. So take the time to educate yourself about the best commercial fire alarm systems available today, then sleep better tomorrow knowing you’ve done everything in your power to keep your people safe.
Understanding the Difference Between Commercial Fire Alarm Systems, Sprinkler Systems, and Other Forms of Fire Protection in the 21st Century
We hope that you’ll never have to witness the horrors that building fires can cause firsthand, which is why our fire alarm contractors work tirelessly to educate our customers about how these systems work. Outside of the fire protection services industry, most people think that fire alarms and fire sprinkler systems are the same thing, and often these fire protection services are bundled and installed by a single provider. However, there are a few different types of fire prevention systems widely used today:
- Commercial Fire Alarm Systems: These early warning systems are designed to provide prompt and life-saving alerts in the event of a fire on your property. Not only do they alert anyone in the vicinity to the danger, but they help quickly alert the local authorities to the danger.
- Fire Sprinkler Systems: Sprinkler systems, on the other hand, are designed to actively extinguish or control a fire. They can help keep a fire contained until firefighters arrive, and even put out fires altogether. Many “quick response” water sprinklers release 24 gallons per minute, whereas standard fire hoses release 80 to 125 gallons per minute. Plus, the American Fire Sprinkler Association estimates that a combination of alarms and sprinklers could reduce overall fire injuries, deaths, and property damage by a minimum of 50%.
- Fire Protection Engineering Companies: When you’re constructing a new building, it’s now possible to work with fire protection companies like ours that can help design fire-resistant elements to your building. For hospitals or vital telecommunications facilities, state-of-the-art fire resistant materials make modern buildings safer than ever before.
How To Choose the Right Fire Alarm Systems For Your Commercial Building?
Our experienced fire alarm contractors don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all approach to fire safety. An industrial warehouse will have very different needs than an apartment building. Likewise, many data centers require specialized fire protection systems.
That’s why it’s crucial for property owners and managers to work with a reputable commercial fire alarm company in their area. Just as importantly, your fire safety responsibilities don’t end once the fire alarm installation is complete.
Without proper testing, inspection, and maintenance, there’s no guarantee your system will work when you need it the most. If you manage an older building, it’s crucial to have your system inspected regularly. Our highly trained team knows how to schedule and perform these inspections to keep you in compliance with any local regulations, and more importantly, help keep your people safe 24/7/365.