Residential and Commercial Fire Alarm Systems
Our commitment extends beyond installation, as we provide ongoing maintenance, inspections, and 24/7 monitoring services to guarantee the continued reliability and effectiveness of our fire alarm systems. With our expertise and cutting-edge technology, clients can rest assured that their properties are equipped with the highest level of fire safety.
Why Fire Alarm Systems Are Crucial in Both Residential and Commercial Settings
Purchasing complete home and business fire alarm systems is a wise choice for businesses and residential settings.
Protecting lives and property from the devastating consequences of fires. Whether in homes or businesses, early detection and warning are essential for safe evacuation and minimizing damage. The reasons why fire alarms are crucial in both residential and commercial settings, backed by data:
- Home fires are surprisingly common, with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reporting an estimated 342,000 home fires in the US in 2020 alone. These fires caused 536 civilian deaths, 2,510 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in direct property damage.
- According to the NFPA, having working smoke alarms in a home reduces the risk of death in a fire by 50%. In 2020, smoke alarms sounded in 72% of reported home fires, with 62% of the fires starting in cooking areas.
- Commercial fires can have even more catastrophic consequences, leading to multiple casualties, business closures, and significant economic losses. The NFPA reports that an average of 3,485 non-residential fires occur each year, resulting in 37 civilian deaths, 1,690 civilian injuries, and $3.3 billion in property damage.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates fire alarm systems in most commercial workplaces. Studies have shown that having a fire alarm system in place can reduce the risk of fire-related deaths by up to 80%.
For residential clients, we conduct thorough assessments to design and install state-of-the-art fire alarm systems that seamlessly integrate with their homes, ensuring maximum protection. In the commercial sector, we specialize in scalable and sophisticated fire detection solutions, catering to the specific requirements of diverse businesses.
SecurePRO residential and commercial fire alarm systems include:
- Early warning systems
- Evacuation systems
- Fire testing & inspection
- Manual pull stations
- Smoke & heat sensors
- Sprinkler supervision
- Addressable & conventional systems
- AES mesh radio
- Water flow detection
- Audible horns & strobes
- Comprehensive fire alarm system design, drafting, and plan submittals
What types of fire alarm systems are there for homes?
Conventional fire alarm systems are the most basic type. They have a central panel connected to all the smoke and heat detectors in the house. When one of the detectors is activated, the panel sounds the alarm. Conventional systems are typically less expensive than addressable systems but are less flexible. For example, you won’t know which detector was activated if the alarm goes off.
Addressable fire alarm systems have a central panel that can identify which detector was activated. This can help determine the location of the fire and evacuate the house quickly. Addressable systems are also more flexible than conventional systems. For example, you can add detectors or reprogram the system to your needs.
In addition to the type of system, a few different types of detectors can be used in home fire alarm systems.
- Smoke detectors are the most common type of detector. They can be either ionization or photoelectric. Ionization detectors work by sensing changes in the electrical current caused by smoke particles. Photoelectric detectors work by sensing light that is scattered by smoke particles.
- Heat detectors are activated when the temperature in a room rises above a certain level. They are typically used in kitchens and garages, where smoke detectors may be prone to false alarms.
- Carbon monoxide detectors are not technically fire alarms but are important safety devices for homes. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. Carbon monoxide detectors sound an alarm if the level of carbon monoxide in the air rises above a safe level.
Access control manages who and what can access a resource, whether it’s a physical location, computer system, or information. It’s like having a bouncer at the door of a nightclub, checking IDs, and ensuring only authorized people get in.
There are two main types of access control: physical and logical. Physical access controls who can enter or exit a physical space, such as a building or a room. This can be done with locks, keys, security guards, and ID cards. Logical access control controls who can access computer systems, data, and applications. This is done with things like passwords, usernames, and permissions.
What types of fire alarm systems are there for businesses?
Conventional fire alarm systems are the most basic type. They have a central control panel connected to all of the fire detectors in the building. When activated, a detector sends a signal to the control panel, which triggers the alarm. Conventional systems are less expensive than addressable systems but could be more informative. With a conventional system, you only know a fire somewhere in the building but don’t know where it is.
Addressable fire alarm systems, when activated, a detector sends a signal to the control panel that includes its identifier. This allows the control panel to pinpoint the location of the fire. Addressable systems are more expensive than conventional systems, but they can provide valuable information that can help you evacuate the building more quickly and safely.
In addition to conventional and addressable systems, there are also several other types of fire alarm systems available, such as:
1. Wireless fire alarm systems: These systems do not require wires to connect the detectors to the control panel. This can make them a good option for older buildings or buildings that are difficult to wire.
2. Fire alarm systems with voice evacuation: These systems can be programmed to play prerecorded messages that instruct people how to evacuate the building in the event of a fire.
3. Integrated fire alarm systems: These systems can be integrated with other building systems, such as HVAC and security systems. This can make it easier to manage all of your building’s systems from one place.