Why Fire Alarm Systems are the Unsung Heroes of Fire Safety

Apr 2, 2024 | Commercial, Fire Alarms

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Every minute counts in a fire. Fire alarm systems are the guardians that can mean the difference between life and loss. No matter the size of your business, you should invest in a commercial fire alarm system that protects your employees, assets, and property from fire and smoke damage. Today’s commercial fire alarm systems offer a variety of features that go beyond fire detection. Some systems can be zoned to target specific areas or integrated with your building’s HVAC systems to shut down fans and prevent the spread of smoke. Reduce the risk of a commercial fire by integrating your alarm system with other smart devices. Fire alarm systems are one of the most recommended systems by ABF Security consultants, and here’s why.

NFPA Standards

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the world’s leading resource on fire, electrical, and related hazards. They provide codes and standards developed by global experts to ensure everyone works within the same framework and promote a higher safety standard everywhere. The NFPA has regulations for all building structures, including residential and commercial. While these are governed locally by state, county, or city jurisdiction, staying up-to-date on fire safety is wise.

Additional Benefits

Aside from staying inside the NFPA and local regulations, fire alarm systems prevent damage or harm while protecting you, your business, your employees, and your assets. Having a professionally installed system ensures ease of use and protects lives. Our team at ABF Security is proud to offer you the best and most professional fire alarm systems in the area. Though some benefits might seem obvious, fire and life safety is crucial, and we want to help you understand the need for a fire alarm system.

Prevent Property Damage

The slightest smoke should be enough to trigger an advanced fire alarm system. Modern fire alarm systems offer air-sampling smoke detectors with photoelectric and thermal capabilities so you and the fire department can efficiently respond before the fire escalates. Whether your business is in a kitchen or a high rise, ABF Security offers systems appropriate for you.

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Contact the Fire Department Quickly

When an emergency occurs, an advanced commercial fire system will automatically alert you and the appropriate authorities so firefighters can quickly respond to deal with the threat. In the meantime, a proper fire alarm system should do its best to limit the damage done. Integrate our fire alarm systems with sprinkler systems that extinguish fires by discharging a fine water mist at high velocity to minimize damage to your property.

Protect Your Employees

A professionally installed fire alarm system should be easy for you and your employees to operate and monitor. The sooner everyone is aware of a fire, the sooner they can remove themselves from harm and avoid being trapped in a life-threatening situation. Advanced business fire alarm systems offer notification appliances that alert employees through audible and visible warning devices for evacuation and other safety notifications.

Minimize Damage Expenses

The most expensive thing that could happen to your business is the destruction of your assets in a fire. Investment in a high-quality fire alarm system is well worth ensuring your business is safe from harm. Furthermore, a commercial fire alarm system that’s up-to-date and consistently tested will lower your insurance costs, eliminate potential fines during inspections, and decrease your overhead. You don’t ever want to be unprepared in case of disaster.

Integrate Other Security Systems

A fire alarm system is a start to equipping your business with safety measures. You’ll also be able to integrate it with other systems, such as a security or access control system. ABF Security offers capabilities like video surveillance, motion detectors, and auto-locking doors that are valuable to integrate with your fire alarm system. For example, you can view a CCTV camera from your mobile device to help you see how a fire started. In a dangerous situation, standalone access control systems could slow employees who need to escape the property immediately. But when you connect your fire systems to access control, the former can override the latter, allowing people to exit with precious extra time. You can operate all your systems remotely through a centralized system with ABF Security’s help.

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ABF Security Fire Monitoring

Some fires occur when no one is on the property, either during weekends or nights. Fire alarms are necessary even when you aren’t present. Rest assured that our team at ABF Security closely monitors your fire alarm system. We have a monitoring center in St. Louis that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our emergency response team members are all ESA certified, and our monitoring center has earned the Five Diamond Award, the highest honor from the Central Station Alarm Association. Our primary focus is to protect you.

When it comes to fire safety, there is no room for compromise. Your business must be well-protected no matter what emergency comes your way. When you’re prepared to take the next step, ABF Security can help you design, install, and monitor a system perfect for your business. Give us a call today to get started!