The basic requirement of fire safety is that you should be able to raise an alarm in the case of a fire related emergency. This requirement is not only applicable to permanent buildings but even if you have a temporary site where the work is going on, a temporary fire alarm is required. Some of the places that need temporary fire alarms are construction sites and buildings, festivals and fairs, markets, outdoor events, outdoor sites, marquees, etc.
Temporary Fire Alarms (Battery-Powered)
Conventional fire alarm systems are usually powered via mains electricity but they take time to install and are expensive too. You can opt for a battery-powered temporary alarm system that does not require any wiring, which is very cost-effective and quick to install at a temporary worksite.
Kinds of Temporary Fire Alarm Systems
There are many kinds of temporary fire alarms such as rotary alarm bells, air horns, megaphones, self-contained alarms, standalone temporary fire alarms, interlinking alarms, etc.
These are individual devices that have a sounder, a system of raising the alarm manually and sometimes even have a beacon, strobe or light, all in one single unit.
Lights and Strobes
Lights and strobes are a very good idea depending on the kind of worksite. For example, they are very effective in the case of noisy and crowded worksites where a sound-only fire alarm will not be very effective.
Megaphones, Rotary Alarm Bells, Air Horns
These are suitable for small sites where the alarm can be raised manually and does not require a battery for operation. However, these systems are not suited for bigger and noisier sites, where it may be difficult to hear the alarm. Also, since these systems are manually operated, it may be difficult for someone to stay on the worksite to continually sound the alarm until complete evacuation in the case of a fire. So, for larger worksites, a battery operated self-contained fire alarm is more suitable.
Standalone and Interlinking Temporary Fire Alarms
The fire alarm system you choose really depends on the nature of work on your site and how temporary the site is. Standalone alarms do not require a control panel, however, in the case of a bigger worksite, if you do not have an interlinked temporary alarm, the coverage of the site will be very limited. It is better to go in for an interlinked alarm for a larger site because if one alarm is triggered, all the alarms on the worksite will go off and you can have a site-wide alert.
Selecting a fire alarm system for your temporary worksite is as crucial as choosing and installing a permanent fire alarm system. Cygnus fire alarm and fire protection systems can help to protect your construction site or any other temporary site from a fire. Cygnus products are indeed redefining the way you can ensure the safety of your worksite.