Fire alarm systems typically include a composite of complex sensors, alarms, sprinklers and computer devices. Most advanced systems are run by special fire alarm software. This computer application is responsible for managing the integrations of multiple components and sensors within the system. It is designed to detect both smoke and fire.
Most home security systems include fire alarm software. This security protection application monitors the rooms within the home by using special heat and smoke sensors. When a device detects abnormal heat levels, it sends a signal to the alarm system. This system will contact the fire department, while simultaneously engaging the alarms within the home.
Commercial buildings are typically required to use advanced fire alarm software. This software includes a special fire display instrument panel. When a fire is detected, the panel illuminates in red with the floor and location of the fire. This information is automatically transmitted to the local fire department, which helps emergency responders quickly locate the fire.
Many high-security buildings have fire alarm software that is connected to doors and entryways. When a fire is detected, the security system automatically seals specific quadrants of the building. This technique secures vital information from potential damage due to the fire or smoke.
There is special fire alarm software designed specifically for handicapped individuals. This software is typically configured with special warning lights and vibration devices that can help wake up a person with hearing loss. These security systems are a vital tool for the handicapped because normal systems cannot be heard.
Some modern home security systems provide real-time Internet monitoring of a home. These systems can send emails to the homeowner when an emergency occurs. This allows access to streaming videos, and sensors throughout the home throughout the day.
Today most national forests are monitored with special early warning fire alarm software. This software is connected to live videos and smoke sensors that can detect the onset of early forest fires. Using the advanced technology, provide emergency responders a proactive approach to the management of fires throughout the world.
Fire alarm systems can also monitor carbon monoxide within a home or building. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause an individual to die while he is sleeping. This type of monitoring requires a special sensor that detects abnormal levels of carbon monoxide in the air. The sensors will trigger a signal to the fire alarm software if levels are above normal.
Why Update Your Fire Alarm System?
Planning a Fire Alarm System update in phases can be a cost-effective solution. First step would be to replace your old fire alarm control panel with a new panel, followed by updating wiring, detection and notification devices where needed. As your facility grows or the occupancy changes your fire safety system must also change to keep you in fire code compliance.
Now is a great time to take advantage of the smart fire alarm systems which have the capability and flexibility to grow and change with your building. Innovations in smart building technology have streamlined the way new Fire Alarm systems are installed, tested, and serviced. Minimizing disruptions, maximizing what can be done remotely, and delivering full compliance –making your buildings safer and more protected.
- False fire alarms, not just annoying, very dangerous
Too many false alarms can result in building occupants ignoring all alarms. What starts out as an annoyance and business disruption can become a huge liability for the building owner if a fire were to break out.
Even if it’s just your fire alarm panel beeping, indicating a trouble or supervisory condition, it’s a sign that something is wrong.
New fire alarm panels can communicate what the problem is, pinpoint where the problem is, and provide access to real-time information that enables you to stay on top of maintenance schedules, react quickly to incidents, and take appropriate measures – all from your mobile or desktop device.
- Fire Alarm System Annual Inspection Found Issues
Fire alarm systems require annual inspection and testing by a licensed service company to ensure they are working properly, in compliance with NFPA code and local jurisdictions. Any issues with the system must be addressed. Common issues that are easy to fix are: the battery backup is expired, or a detector has been decommissioned requiring replacement. Not so easy is a wiring issue or damaged panel.
- Fire Alarm Replacement Parts and Components, Availability Problems
Parts to repair your old fire alarm system may not be available due to obsolescence, they may be discontinued by the manufacturer, or supply chain issues make them impossible to find or too costly to acquire. Going without a working fire alarm system is not an option. It’s not just equipment that makes a system work, it’s the software that allows for better access and insight into fire systems.