ire alarm systems are a complex ecosystem of devices that protect your building, your business, and the people who live or work in your facility. Each component needs to work properly and communicate effectively from one end to the other.
Business fire alarm systems contain five basic elements: fire alarm initiating devices, fire notification devices, a fire alarm control panel, the primary power supply, and a backup power supply.
Fire alarm initiating devices activate the system when there's a fire. These can be manual, like pull stations, or automatic, like smoke detectors. Fire notification devices let people in your facility know there's a fire and they should evacuate. These can be visual devices, like strobes, or audible bells and horns. The fire alarm control panel is the beating heart of your fire alarm system. The fire alarm control system monitors and manages initiation devices. When initiation devices are triggered, it sends a signal to the control panel, which directs the notification devices to activate. Fire alarm systems need power to operate and your electric company provides a primary power supply in the form of 120- or 240-volt AC power. Should something happen and primary power is unavailable, your backup power supply will carry the load until primary power can be restored. Common backup power supply systems include a diesel generator or a 6- or 12-volt battery bank.
Every fire alarm system is different and tailored to the specific needs of your business. The factors that affect what your fire alarm system looks like include how large your facility is, how many people work there, what kind of equipment or materials you have on-site, and the type of business you run. It's important to choose a reputable, experienced company to help design, install, maintain, and inspect your system.
Fire alarm systems require ongoing maintenance and inspections to make sure they're in good working order at all times. There are daily, monthly, and annual checks and maintenance you must perform, either through training an employee to handle it or using a professional fire alarm system maintenance company that can help you deal with problems as they arise. Accurate record-keeping is a legal requirement.
Daily Checks and Maintenance
Monthly Checks and Maintenance
Annual Checks and Maintenance
Annual fire alarm system inspections are mandated by the National Fire Code of Canada CAN/ULC-S536. A specially trained technician will perform a complete test of the fire alarm system to:
Control Fire Systems provides a full range of maintenance, inspection, and testing that meets annual regulatory mandates at local and national levels. We can provide your Toronto-based company with daily, monthly, and annual services that offer exceptional protection and extend the life of your fire protection system investment.
Control Fire Systems is your go-to fire alarm company in the Toronto area. We handle everything from fire alarm systems sales and fire alarm control panel installations to fire alarm testing and inspection for businesses throughout Toronto. Talk to our knowledgeable team members to find out what services your business needs most.