Moments matter when a fire ignites. The typical fire doubles in size every 60 seconds. It can double even faster if flammable liquids or explosives are ignited by the blaze. A commercial fire alarm system won’t prevent a fire from igniting, and it won’t slow it down, but it will give people the warning they need to evacuate the area. These moments matter and often mean the difference between life and death. These are the real benefits of a commercial fire alarm system.
A Commercial Fire Alarm System is an Inexpensive Investment in Early Warning
Installing a commercial fire alarm system in a new building runs roughly $2 per square foot of coverage area, and slightly more if the alarm is being installed as part of a retrofit. However, the real investment is in the safety of your employees, clients, and visitors to your property. A functioning fire alarm ensures that if a fire ever erupts that they won’t get caught off guard and suffer potentially fatal burns and smoke inhalation. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, the majority of fire related casualties are not caused by burns, rather they are the result of toxic smoke inhalation.
A Commercial Fire Alarm System Reduce Insurance Premiums
Many insurance companies will reduce a company’s insurance premiums by 5 to 10% if a commercial fire alarm system is present. This discount can reach 15-20% if the fire alarm is coupled with a fire suppression system such as sprinkler. These savings add up quickly and it is often the case that the premiums that are saved more than cover the installation cost within the first year.
Remote Monitoring Provides Peace of Mind
Modern commercial fire alarm systems have come a long way from being simple smoke detectors. Modern systems can detect everything from carbon monoxide to rising temperatures. Most modern commercial fire alarm systems are connected to a receiver that transmits a signal directly to emergency personnel when a problem arises. This expedites the response time of first responders and provides a reliable layer of coverage that protects the business long after everyone has gone home for the day. In fact, most fires start at night when no one is around and a fire alarm is a 24/7/365 employee that is always on the job.
Advanced Warning Reduces Repair Costs
Most businesses that experience a fire have to shut down while repairs are being conducted. The more significant the damage, the longer the closure will last. Each day the business is closed is a day when revenue drops and savings are depleted. A commercial fire alarm system can help minimize the damage to property and inventory while reducing the downtime required to put everything back in order.
Modern Commercial Fire Alarm Systems are Compliant with NFPA 72
Building codes are constantly evolving. In addition to the increased possibility of malfunctions, older systems simply may not be compliant with modern building requirements. NFPA 72 is the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, and modern systems are designed so that they are in compliance with the standards that are set forth regarding everything from fires and floods to terrorist events.
Modern Commercial Fire Alarm Systems Provide More Information
Fighting a fire effectively depends on having as much information as possible about the fire itself. Modern fire alarm systems transmit data regarding the speed of the fire, the location, the temperature, etc. Firefighters use this information to prepare a strategy to fight the fire fast and effectively.
The 1st Alarm Team Understands your Commercial Fire Alarm System needs
The team at 1st Alarm understands that you will have many burning questions on your mind when it comes time to choose the right commercial fire alarm system to protect your property.
1st Alarm is one of the biggest and best security companies in the region that specializes in both residential and commercial alarm systems as well as commercial fire alarm systems. Serving Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland / Odessa, El Paso, Abilene and San Angelo, we pride ourselves on buying local and hiring local whenever possible. We are committed to offering high quality, professional service with the utmost level of integrity. 1st Alarm is the best commercial fire alarm system company in our region as well. We have personnel trained and certified to meet your fire alarm system needs. To learn more about how our commercial fire alarm systems may be a great fit for your company, Request a Quote online or give us a call at 800-276-5559. You can even visit our office near you.