One of the worst fears of a business owner is to witness their business and property being damaged by a fire, sometimes entirely. What makes it worse; prior precautions could have been taken to avoid these situations hurt more when one realizes that but were ignored simply due to an act of carelessness.
Even though having a fire alarm system in place may seem like an obvious legal requirement, an often overlooked aspect of the entire installation process is what actually comes before the actual installation; the planning process.
What goes into planning a fire alarm system?
There are various aspects to the fire alarm planning process, which include the placement of the alarms and the types that are to be used. Being patient and mapping out everything it will help one in multiple ways such as saving costs, minimizing any risk or danger and ensuring a good investment on safety at the time of need.
Placement is crucial
A major element of fire alarm planning is planning out the locations where the fire alarms themselves will be installed. The places that have the most risk will need to be identified and marked accordingly.
On top of that, potential exits and other aspects need to be reviewed and investigated to ensure that you get the most out of the entire installation. The system needs to be planned well to make sure that cost is kept to a minimum while making sure that the effective range of the entire system is kept at its highest.
Getting the Best equipment
The most important aspect of the fire alarms is obviously the fire alarm itself. Once the fire alarm planning is done and finished, the next step is to ensure that you know what you want. There are many different types of alarms available, each serving a different purpose. Some have showers and sprinklers attached which would end the fire at the same time along with a siren etc.
However, some only have flashing lights and alarms without anything else. This all depends on the area, office etc. that is being used for the installation but also any potential hazards in the environment.
For example, if there is a higher probability of an electrical fire, fire extinguishers would be preferred over water sprinklers. At the same time, while the investment is a lot it needs to be ensured that the equipment being used is the best quality since using sub-par equipment for any fire alarm planning is a hazard and can lead to potentially dangerous situations.
The installation also needs to be done by a company or individual who knows what they are doing and are professionals.