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Do you have old wiring that could be considered a fire hazard? Are you frequently away from your flat or business for a significant amount of time, thereby leaving it unmonitored? If so, you need to consider installing new fire alarms. Residents like you have plenty of choices when it comes to fire alarms and we are here to help you make the best possible choice, whether it's a commercial or residential installation.

Types of Fire Alarms

Fire alarm systems can be automatic or manual. Automatic fire alarms are designed to sense heat, smoke, or flickering flames and then emit a signal to alert occupants there is a fire. These types of fire alarms can be interconnected so that alarms in multiple areas of a building all go off simultaneously. This can be ideal for an apartment complex or large office building because it can alert people in other areas of the building even before the fire has had the opportunity to spread to that location.

Manual fire alarms can be placed on a wall and consist of a level which must be pulled in order to send out a signal. These are designed to be early warnings for others whenever fire is discovered. These alarms systems are not interconnected, so only the box that was pulled will send out a signal, rather than every alarm in the building.

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Meeting Fire Alarm Codes

In order to comply with building codes, you may need two or more types of fire alarms. Building codes can be extremely complex, so you should not attempt to figure them out on your own. Instead, you should trust a professional who is familiar with fire alarms and the building codes that govern them in order to make sure you are in compliance.

There can be penalties assessed for having inadequate fire alarms. Residents risk the following when doing so:

  • Inability to obtain adequate property insurance
  • Closure of business
  • Fines and penalties
  • Possibility of lawsuit should someone become injured

Benefits of Professional Fire Alarm Installation

Fire alarm systems are extremely difficult and complex to install. Improper installation can result in a system that does not operate as it should, thereby rendering it ineffective. Failing to install a fire alarm properly could actually result in an increased risk of fire, since wires could become crossed and ultimately create an electrical fire.

You can also notice numerous other benefits from having a professional fire alarm installation performed. A few of these benefits include:

  • Proper placement of fire alarm systems
  • Equipment will be inspected and tested to ensure it functions properly
  • Workmanship is guaranteed
  • Property owners can be sure alarm systems meet local code requirements

Dangers of DIY Installation

When installing fire alarms residents may need to climb on ladders while carrying heavy tools and equipment. This poses a safety hazard because there is a risk of falling. It is also necessary to work with electrical components, so those who are unfamiliar with electricity risk death or serious injury if this task is not performed properly. In some cases, special tools might be needed in order to drill through drywall or concrete. If you do not have experience using these tools, you run the risk of injury to yourself or others as a result.

Do you need a new fire alarm system? If so, let the fire alarms professionals help. It doesn't have to be hard, because all you need to do is enter some basic information into this online form. We'll then contact the professionals in our network who install fire alarms. Fully-approved contractors will then contact you in order to further discuss the work you would like completed. You are under no obligation, so go ahead and submit your information today.

Your fire alarm questions answered

Where should fire alarms be placed?

In any commercial building such as a school, factory or office building. Local building regulations normally dictate the types of structures that require them.

What are some considerations when placing fire alarms?

Fire alarms should be easy to access, yet not interfere with the normal comings and goings of your operation. Local fire safety regulations can provide you with some good guidance for the placement of these alarms.

Can fire alarms be installed as part of a burglar alarm system?

Yes, fire alarms can be installed as part of a monitored burglar alarm system. This allows fire rescue teams to detect smoke or a fire in your home if you are away or asleep, and respond accordingly.

Should fire alarms be inspected on a regular basis?

Like any other alarm system, fire alarms should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they are at peak operating capacity. This can also help you discover small problems before they become big ones.

Is it necessary to replace old fire alarms if they are still functioning properly?

You may need to replace older fire alarms if you are a landlord who is renting units. You may also need to replace old fire alarms that no longer meet safety codes prior to selling your property.

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