Which Type of Fire Alarm System is Best for Your Business?

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It is important that you choose the right fire alarm system to suit the needs of your business.

When it comes to your business, you want only the best for your fire protection system. This gives you, your employees, and your customers a peace of mind when they enter your establishment. There are four main types of fire alarms that you can choose from. Here is more information on the types of fire alarms to help you decide which is best for your business.


Conventional fire alarm systems are also known as four-wire fire alarm systems and are most commonly used in smaller buildings such as shops and restaurants. Conventional fire alarms are the most cost-effective option out of the rest. The building is separated into detection zones and each zone has their own fire detectors connected to the control panel. If the detector goes off, the control panel will indicate the zone that the fire alarm is in, but you have to manually find the specific device.


These fire alarm systems are also made for smaller businesses. The difference between the conventional fire alarm and the two-wire is that the detectors in this one are all wired to the same control panel, allowing one circuit to be used in each zone. These systems are more expensive than the conventional four-wire fire alarm, but they are quicker and cheaper to actually install. They also have more versatility in their operation.


These fire alarm systems differ from conventional systems because they direct you to a specific detector versus a certain zone or circuit. Better suited for larger businesses and those with more complex network systems. The detectors each have their own unique address, making it easier to know exactly where the alarm is coming from.