Choosing the Right Fire Alarm System for your Business

Protecting everyone in your businesses in the event of accidental fire should be a topmost priority. Managers and business owners should know how important a fire alarm system is. However, with the wide range of alarm system options available in the market, it can be difficult to choose which one is best for your company. Most likely, you will need the expert opinion of the professionals to asses your premises’ requirements and help you find the most suitable emergency system to ensure safety of your employees and minimize damage to property.

Assessment of Risks and Threats
The first thing you need to do before choosing a fire alarm system in Singapore is to identify what risks you are facing on a daily basis and how your alarm will alert everyone in the building. The warning device will only signal everybody in case of fire accidents to leave the premise immediately, but do not assume that the device is enough to save everyone. Talk to your fire extinguisher supplier in Singapore to be fully aware of how the system works.

To help put off the fire, you will need to install a sprinkler system, a smoke alarm and a heat sensor, and secure fire extinguisher in every area of your office.

Types of Fire Emergency Systems
To safeguard your business, you want only the best fire emergency system. This will give you peace of mind, especially when you are not around to monitor the office.

There are four most common types of alarm systems used by establishments today. Here’s a quick information about them to give you a glimpse of how much fire safety they can offer to your business.

• Conventional
This type of alarm system is also known as four-wire fire alarm and are more commonly used in smaller establishments in Singapore, like cafes and shops. Conventional fire emergency systems are the most affordable option among all of them. Your building will be separated into different detection zones and each zone comes with a fire detector. Once the detector goes off, the control panel will indicate the zone that’s on fire, but you will have to find the specific device that went off manually.

• Analog
This fire system differ from the previous one because it will direct you to the specific device instead of to a certain zone. This is more suitable for larger establishments and those with complex network system. This system can also be a bit pricey compared to the conventional type and more complex than the next two types of systems. Each detector has their own address, making it easier to determine where exactly the alarm is from.

• Two-Wire
This type is another option for smaller buildings. It’s difference between the conventional type is that its detectors are all wired into a single control panel. The two-wire alarm type is more expensive than the conventional type, but they are cheaper and quicker to install.

• Wireless
The wireless alarm type is the most convenient out of the fours. But of course, this convenience comes with a price—it is the most expensive out of the four types. The good thing is, it is cheaper and easier to install and more flexible in its operations, too. This type of alarm system incorporates the use of modern technology, making it very accurate and reliable.

Placement of Fire Alarms
The placement of your alarm system varies, depending on the type of your alarm and the layout of your office or building. Smoke alarms have to be installed in centralized area of a passageway. Multi-storey buildings should have a smoke detector installed in every floor, which is installed at a safe distance from ceiling fans or AC vents, since you would not want any cool air to affect the heat detection abilities of your sensors.

Proper installation of your emergency alarm system is crucial in ensuring that all devices function effectively and accurately, and any lighted and audible alerts of your system will easily warn your staff in case of fire.
Your fire alarm system provider will help evaluate your premise, determine the suitable locations for installation of alarm devices and recommend the right type of alarm system for your business.

Testing and Monitoring of the System
The system should be checked weekly wither by setting off the alarm or even just the sounders and making sure that the system is checked by a professional. Then, a full-service maintenance must be carried out once to four times a year, depending on the size of the system installed.

Businesses in Singapore, no matter the size, should have an emergency system in place. And more importantly, all your staff must be trained on how to appropriately respond on the alerts in case of emergency. Every second counts and delay on respond can result to injury, severe property damage or even loss of life.