Fire alarm inside a building.

What Makes a Great Fire Alarm System?

You don't want to find out that your fire alarm system isn't good enough.


Whether you're trying to protect your home or your business, it's important to invest in the right fire alarm system so that you're notified as soon as disaster strikes. A small fire will turn into a big fire if you don't have a good system, and when you've got a big fire, you've got big problems.


If you're not well-versed in what makes a great fire alarm system, we've got just the post for you. Today, we're going to go over some of the factors that determine the quality of a fire alarm system so you can be sure that you're getting the best one for your situation.


Quick Detection

A good fire alarm system will be able to quickly detect when something's amiss. It should always include fairly sensitive smoke and heat detectors so that even small fires or potential fires are caught before they can become really damaging.

When your smoke detectors are old and broken down, that's the first sign that your alarm system is failing. Sometimes it's something simple like a battery needing to be switched, but if your smoke detectors don't work, you need to get them repaired as soon as possible.


Immediate Notification

The next thing any good fire alarm system has is the actual alarm itself. When you're dealing with a smaller space, like your home, you'll probably just have your alarms directly on the smoke and heat detectors. If you're looking after a business, your system needs to be wired in such a way that you're being notified as soon as there's been a fire detected.

Alarms should be loud and jarring so that you stop what you're doing and get out of the building safely. Weak or incorrectly wired alarms might not get everyone's attention quick enough and that's when disaster strikes.


Fire Suppression

Also wired up to your alarm system should be a fire suppression system. It's really important for small businesses to be equipped with sprinklers so that you can potentially get the fire out before the fire brigade arrives. Your sprinklers should detect the heat in the air and react accordingly.

Some business owners think that having sprinklers go off will increase the likelihood of water damage in their property, however, this is untrue. It's the fire department's high-powered hoses that are going to cause more water damage, so the more you can suppress the fire before they arrive, the better.


Your Fire Alarm System Should Notify the Fire Department

These are physical things that a good fire alarm system should possess. You should be testing all of these components regularly and if something's not working, then you'll need to have the problem repaired. The other important factor in an alarm system's effectiveness is how quickly it notifies the local fire department.

Alarm systems, under most fire codes, need to automatically transmit the alarm to the fire department within a certain amount of time. If you're not sure about how this works, contact us at Ampec Fire & Security. As one of Edmonton's leading fire alarm repair and inspection companies, we work to make your home or business a safer place. 

Schedule your repairs or book an inspection today through our website.