Considerations to Make When Installing Smoke Detectors

October 2, 2017

Taking every step you can to prevent the potentially devastating effects of a commercial building fire is critical to keeping yourself, your employees and business assets safe. Among the first steps you can take to keep yourself and your business protected is to ensure your fire systems align with new technologies and fire standards required by law.

Keeping Your Building Up to Code

In order to preserve and protect your assets, you'll want to ensure that your building's fire standards align with requirements outlined by the NFPA 72 Fire Codes. In Canada, codes vary depending on requirements outlined by the CanUL Fire Codes depending on whether your building is commercial, residential, high-rise, low rise, or and/or contains an elevator. Updates to the codes are consistent as fire suppression technology improves. For example, ionizers, which contain a radioactive chip that detects smoke by ionizing the air, has now been found to be an inferior method of preventing destructive fires. These devices have been phased out and are no longer compliant by code. It has also been determined that Flame Detectors are most useful to detect flash fires, but aren't adequate in providing coverage against larger fires.

Ensure You're Complying with Code Requirements

One of the best ways to prevent serious injuries, loss of life, damage, and loss of your assets, is to arrange a fire inspection of your property. You will most likely find that a professional inspection from a licensed provider allows for a smoother transition should your system require any upgrades or changes. More importantly, fire system inspection professionals can identify problems immediately and provide the services you'll need to bring your building up to the standards outlined by the fire code.

Installing Preventative Systems

Server rooms often become jumbled and cluttered with mired cabling, inadequate power supplies, and flammable materials, making these areas particularly susceptible to catastrophe. Installing a prevention system that matches the requirements of sensitive environments are the best way to prevent data losses and the loss of company assets. For example, server room fire suppression systems comprised of sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and emergency exit signs, are probably not the best course of action. A server room equipped with a clean agent fire suppression system, on the other hand, is the best way to preserve your office equipment, data, and company furnishings.

A fire alarm system with smoke detection equipment is integral to preserving the safety of your employees. These detectors must be sensitive enough to signal the fire emergency alarm quickly to allow people to vacate the building, identify the cause of the threat and to activate the fire suppression system. Before tragedy strikes at your business, speak with a professional fire consultant about fire suppression systems that protect your business and your employees. Doing so goes a long way in protecting your assets against the catastrophic effects of building fires.

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