When installing fire alarms in building the general rule of thumb is to make sure that you are installing them in locations where everyone can hear them such as rooms in a business that are separated from other areas in the building. Exactly where they will be located depends on the type of location or building where they are being installed. In addition to installing a fire alarm, installing smoke detectors should also be considered.
When installing these alarms it normally involves placing them in places throughout the building so they will alert people to the outbreak of a fire and smoke. Many of them work in tandem with a smoke detector but can also have features that a smoke detector does not. When the alarm(s) goes off it not only alerts the people in the building but also may alert professional emergency personnel like the fire department. Installing these alarms in not usually complicated but it all depends on what type of fire alarm is being installed. With a few considerations, the installation can be more effective.
One important thing to consider before installing fire alarms is to look at the location. If there are multiple floors or areas that are separated from other areas then there will be a need for multiple alarms and smoke detectors. Each floor should have its own alarm and detector but sometimes it may be necessary to have more than one set for each floor. It depends on how large the floor is and what the floor plan looks like. Because there is a need to make sure the alarms are placed strategically so they can be heard by everyone. If it is a large building you can hire a professional to install them to ensure they are placed strategically. If you decide to do the installation yourself, make sure that you read the warnings and instructions that are given with the fire alarms that are being installed so it is done correctly.
Another thing to take into consideration when installing fire alarms is to look at how the smoke detectors are being used. A single alarm may be sufficient if there are multiple smoke detectors connected to one alarm. You need to make sure that all smoke detectors, even if connected to one alarm, are spread throughout the building. This is to detect smoke or fire as early as possible to give everyone time to get out of the building safely.
Make sure that the fire alarm being installed is loud enough to be heard by everyone inside the area. Once you have everything installed, they need to be tested regularly. If the system is connected to emergency personnel, they should be notified before testing is done.
This article is penned by Lora for electric services Los Angeles based company 4 Over Electric. 4 Over Electric is a residential, industrial and commercial electrician Los Angeles contractor licensed in the state of California. Fully bonded and insured, we are a family owned and run business that has a simple philosophy, that being – excellence in customer service.
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