A fire alarm system is a quick-response method of alerting the occupants in your building of a fire so they can get to safety as quickly as possible. Because fire alarm systems are so important when it comes to keeping your building safe, annual fire alarm system inspections are absolutely essential.
There are two basic types of fire alarm systems in use today and are known as manual and automatic. Both manual and automatic fire alarm systems can be designed to either protect lives only or protect lives and property.
Manual Fire Alarm Systems
A manual fire alarm system relies on someone to discover a fire and hand activate the alarm. Devices known as call points are installed near doors and stairwells to activate the alarm system. This type of fire alarm is generally used in commercial or industrial buildings where no one will be sleeping. Manual fire alarm systems can be designed to either protect lives or protect lives and property. Manual fire alarm systems can also be used to activate fire sprinkler systems and notify the fire department.
Automatic Fire Alarm Systems
An automatic fire alarm systems can operate in either a conventional or addressable configuration. Automatic fire alarm system works with a network of sensing devices to detect the presence of fire and sound an alarm. In addition to sounding an alarm, automatic fire alarm systems can be used to activate fire sprinkler systems and notify the fire department. The more complex versions of automatic fire alarm systems will also shut down the ventilation system to prevent smoke and toxic fumes from spreading to other parts of the building.