Having a reliable fire alarm installed in your business is essential to the safety of your property and your employees, particularly for those businesses in the New York City and Long Island areas where high-rise buildings and skyscrapers increase the risks should fire break out.
Are all alarm systems alike, and how do you choose which one is right for your needs?
The size and scope of your business is a determining factor. Your business may consist of 4 or 5 individuals, or you may have hundreds of employees who work in an industrial setting. Naturally, a small office will not need as elaborate an alarm as a large production or shipping facility or a warehouse. It is essential that you have the right size system for your needs, and that there are sufficient units throughout the building to detect a fire in its early stages. In the massive buildings often found in the NYC area, being aware of fire from the first few seconds is essential to saving lives.
Should you choose a monitored fire alarm?
To ensure that quick action is taken should a fire break out, it is important that you choose a monitored fire alarm for your business. In doing so, the company you purchased the system from will be alerted right away; in turn, they will notify the fire department immediately, so that help is dispatched in a quick, efficient manner. Some alarms notify the fire department directly so that no time is wasted that could result in property damage or injuries.
Types of fire alarms to consider
There are numerous options today when it comes to choosing the right fire alarm, from conventional to analog addressable systems. A conventional alarm may be sufficient for those businesses operating in a small office, and they are typically less costly. Larger buildings or those with numerous sections may prefer an analog model which is capable of detecting the exact location of the fire, heat levels in various areas of the building and even smoke.
An automatic fire alarm can detect a fire within those first crucial seconds using rate-of-rise or fixed temperature devices; many alarms also include smoke detection, a sprinkler water flow alarm, and industrial building supervision which monitors functions such as temperature increase or decrease, boiler failure and more. As a business owner, you want to do everything possible to ensure the safety of your business, property, and staff. A fire alarm is one of the smartest investments you can make in your business, whether small or large.
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