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What is a Fire Alarm System and Do You Need One?

By: Desirae Carroll on 02/24/21

 

What is the purpose of a fire alarm system?

A fire alarm system is designed to notify building occupants of the presence of a fire and safely evacuate them from the building.

The primary purpose of a fire alarm system is for life safety, but they also communicate with local fire departments for faster response times which can result in less property damage.

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When physical testing of each smoke detector is required, the frequency will depend on the date and the results of the last test.

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A lot of questions come up when smoke detector sensitivity testing is discussed or cited by the AHJ.

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Most commercial property owners and managers know that fire system inspections need to be done annually. But is that all that is required?

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Explosions

An explosion is very different from a fire and therefore requires a different method of protection than those commonly used for fire protection, such as automatic fire sprinklers. Five conditions must exist in order for an explosion to occur, as opposed to the three that are required for a fire. 

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Don't suffer a catastrophic loss because of improperly installed or serviced fire protection equipment! In a restaurant or commercial cooking operation, fires most commonly originate at the cooking appliances. A properly designed and functioning restaurant fire suppression system will quickly suppress and contain these fires.

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Because, Sometimes a sprinkler system’s worst enemy is water...

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Honesty is such a lonely word

and mostly what you need from your fire protection contractor.

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Managing fire protection compliance for a facility of any size or type can be a juggling act.

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