What Are The Different Types of Fire Alarm Systems?

Installing and maintaining fire alarms in your commercial buildings can seem like a simple box-ticking exercise, but failure to install the right type of alarm could mean the difference between a near miss and a disaster for your business premises.

Choosing an experienced and professional fire alarm installer such as the engineers at Advance ensures that your employees and assets are protected against the risk of fire, and with over 20 years of security and fire safety experience, you can rest assured that you’re receiving the best possible products to suit your budget and needs.

If you have recently moved into a new premises and need a fire alarm system installed to comply with fire safety law, Advance can help. We have put together the below list naming some of the different types of fire alarms you can choose from, including tips for which systems suit various types of business premises best.

Conventional Fire Alarms

These types of fire alarms function using a network of alarm points, smoke detectors and a control panel, and are well suited to smaller buildings, usually a single level with a basic floor plan. Conventional fire alarms are cost effective for more compact premises as they need minimal alarm points, but do not pinpoint the location of a fire.

Monitored Fire Alarms

A monitored fire alarm refers to any type of fire alarm system which is installed with technology alerting the keyholder or fire services in the event of a fire. This is especially useful for keeping an eye on your premises when your building is unoccupied, giving you peace of mind that if a fire occurs, it can be tackled sooner rather than relying on a passer-by to report the incident.

Addressable Fire Alarms

Addressable fire alarm systems use a loop configuration which contains a network of fire alarms, smoke detectors and heat detectors. The control panel is able to identify the active alarms in the event of a fire, allowing you to pinpoint the exact location of the fire.

This type of fire alarm is ideal for larger premises and multi-site operations, allowing users to see which areas are affected by fire, making evacuation easier.

Using the above as a guide, you should be able to see which type of fire alarm would suit your premises the best. If you are still unsure, or would like more information from our friendly team, give us a call today on 0122 356 6599.

Advance Security has over 20 years of experience in the fire and security sector providing advice and fire systems to businesses in Cambridge and the surrounding areas. To arrange a free site survey or to get a quote, complete our contact form today.