Fire Safety Systems Installation FAQs
1. Why is it necessary to install a fire alarm system?
The purpose of installing a fire alarm system is to protect lives and property from fire hazards. Fire alarms serve as early warning systems and alert people to danger so they can evacuate before their buildings burn down. A properly installed fire alarm system should be part of every home and business owner’s fire safety plan.
2. How many fire extinguishers do I need?
The answer depends on several factors such as:
- The size and layout of the room should be considered when designing an escape plan. The NFPA rule is that there should be at least 75 feet between fire extinguisher locations and that they should be easily accessible. Naturally, the square footage contained in a building and the layout of that space will determine the number of fire extinguishers needed.
- The fire hazard level for the building: Public buildings are evaluated and assigned an overall fire hazard level based on the purpose of the building and what it contains: light fire hazard, ordinary fire hazard, extra fire hazard, and commercial kitchens.
- According to OSHA standards, if flammable liquid or gas are stored in five gallons or more containers, there must be a 10B rated fire extinguisher within 50 feet of the containers.
- Stairs: in multi-story buildings, at least one fire extinguisher must always be located next to the stairs.
3. Do I need to install both a fire alarm and sprinkler system?
You may be tempted to believe that with so many components involved in a fire protection system, having some redundancy might allow you to skip a feature or two, but that isn’t true. An alarm system and fire sprinkler systems are both vital components of fire protection.
The purpose of an alarm system is to spread the word about fires. It features smoke detectors, pull stations, strobe lights, and horns to alert everyone inside the building that they must leave immediately. A monitored fire alarm notifies the fire department of an emergency. It also sends a message to them so they can send out their trucks immediately.
On the other hand, fire sprinklers go straight to work extinguishing the fire. Each sprinkler is set off individually, so they don’t cause any property damage. Automatic sprinkler systems can also be used to monitor fires, but their primary purpose is to put out the fire as quickly as possible.
Together, fire alarms and sprinkler systems help save lives and dramatically reduce property damage.