Beginners Guide to Fire Alarm Panels & Fire Extinguishers

March 2, 2017

Now that your business has grown to the point that it makes sense to build your own facility, it's time to think about safety measures. Part of what you will need to incorporate into the building design is a viable approach to fire containment. That means learning a few basics about fire alarm control panels and the extinguishers that will be placed throughout the facility. Here are some essentials that will help you and the representative from a fire suppression service come up with the ideal plan.

What's a Fire Alarm Panel?

Sometimes known as a fire alarm control panel or an FACP, this serves as the control center for the entire fire suppression system. The purpose of the Kidde panel is to monitor the current status of each aspect of your system. Many panels are operated with the use of software that ensures the checks are automatically conducted according to a programmed schedule. Thanks to this feature, many of the routine inspections can be completed without human intervention. If an inspection does uncover the need for some type of repair, the software driving the panel will issue an alert.

The panel also provides the means of making sure the automated activation sequences built into the system launch at the first sign of a fire in your facility. As actions are taken, they are recorded. This makes it easier to ensure there is no delay in attempting to suppress the fire. As a result, your employees have more time to exit the building.

Most panels also have manual override features. That makes it possible for a member of your team to check the results of those routine inspections and ensure everything is in order. The manual option also means if there is the need to activate some portion of the system immediately, a trusted employee can do so.

Selecting and Placing Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers come in handy when a small fire breaks out and there is the need to put it out quickly. For example, maybe someone accidentally tosses something into a waste basket that causes the contents to start burning. If a fire extinguisher is mounted nearby, it's easy enough to grab the extinguisher, remove the pin, and stop the fire before it can get out of control.

The placement of the extinguishers depends on several factors. The number of employees who are in the facility at any given time, the types of materials that are handled in different areas, and even the kinds of fires that could break out will impact the placement. You could have several fire extinguisher types located in different areas, depending on what type of activity takes place in those departments.

Remember that coming up with the best plan for fire suppression does require professional support. Work with a service that can design a strategy that meets the standards of the local municipality and ensures the safety of your employees. Don't forget to have the system reviewed from time to time and determine if any upgrades or enhancements are needed. In the long run, the investment is good for you, your employees, and your company.

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