How to Estimate a Commercial Fire Alarm System

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There is no room for error when protecting your property from fire. Understanding more about the different systems, their features and installation requirements, can help you make an informed choice when it comes to estimating the cost of a fire alarm system. We’ve produced this guide to determining what you need for your facility and how to estimate the costs.

1. Building Codes

Depending the size and layout of your facility, as well as the number of people on-site, will determine how complex your fire alarm system must be. The more rooms you have, the more devices you will need in each room. It’s best to do some research about local regulations before you purchase a new system. If there are more than 500 people on site, there must be auditory and visual alarms alerting them of trouble.

2. Necessary Devices

The number of indicators your devices detect will also impact your estimate, but in the end, these devices can save lives and property. Ionization smoke detectors are a common choice for detecting flames, but photoelectric options work well for blazing fires. Heat detectors are designed to signal when there is heat present and work in zones where smoke and flames may be part of the job.

3. Technology & Wiring

The number of devices necessary, as well as the technology you choose, will influence the price. Smart alarms systems offer easy integration into other safety systems, such as emergency lights and fire doors. They also connect directly to first responders, so help is notified immediately, and some provide remote operation and control. If the facility already has compatible wiring, it will decrease the time and price to have your new system installed. The cost to install will increase if the area needs to be wired for fire alarms, emergency lighting, or other components.

4. Addressable Options

Some business owners install addressable fire alarm systems, especially if their facility is large. These will pinpoint the exact location of the emergency and recognize which device set off the alert, letting fire responders quickly get to the source to before the fire get out of hand. These alarms systems are often connected to a sprinkler system that eases the damage until help arrives. Having this accuracy is a big investment but can save your staffs and property from a large devastation.