Fire detection and alarm systems are very crucial in protecting against damage to your business and the life of your workforce in the case of a fire outbreak. Two decades ago, wireless fire systems were quite rare and there were issues with costs and reliability. They were mainly used in buildings where wiring was a problem, not to mention issues related to cost and reliability. However, with technology advancing quite rapidly, wireless systems have become more commonplace and their use has also become more widespread.
Factors to Consider When Installing a Wireless Fire Alarm System
- You must identify the fire threats to your project and all the potential hazards that could result in a fire before choosing a fire alarm system. You will be able to come up with a more effective strategy to combat any fire if you know how, where and what kinds of fires can occur on your construction site.
For example, if your site has materials that would produce a lot of smoke when they burn, then installing smoke detectors would be the right strategy. Whereas, if the materials will produce plenty of heat and little smoke when burning, then installing heat detectors would be more appropriate. Analysing the fire threats will provide a better insight to help you protect your business better.
- The size and layout of the site is a key factor when deciding on the fire alarm system as the system should provide complete coverage and protection. Conventional alarms are suitable for smaller properties whereas larger work sites need more sophisticated systems.
- Choosing an appropriate alarm also depends on the number of people on the site. Sometimes, you may require a system to address the people to give specific instructions, this calls for a fire alarm system with a built-in public address system.
- There may be times when there is no one present on the work site and there may be stocks and material that require around the clock protection. In this case, you may require an alarm system that is monitored 24×7 and can trigger the alarm automatically in case of a fire outbreak.
- Your wireless alarm system must be very reliable and must comply with the same standards as a wired system. In fact, there are special standards and criteria that have been set and must be met by the wireless system.
- The wireless system needs specialized and advanced technology. This means that the equipment itself would be quite expensive. However, in recent times, wireless systems are being considered for a wide range of applications as they can be quite economical.
- Another important consideration when installing a fire alarm system is time. Wireless systems take considerably less time to be installed. In fact, a wireless system can be installed and configured in a day.
- Another factor is disruption of on-going work. Installing a wireless system is neat and quick and does not disrupt any on-going work and there is no need for the work to be stopped to accommodate installation.
- Since the wireless system operates on sophisticated technology, maintaining and using the equipment requires specialized understanding of the radio technology and wireless fire system design and installation. You must ensure that the people handling and operating the equipment are properly trained.
Fire alarm systems can save lives and construction site projects from being damaged and is a key investment decision. So while choosing a fire alarm system, it is important to consider other factors than just going in for the cheapest option. The deciding factor should be how effectively the system will protect your premises and people in case of any fire related emergency.