Early fire detection is critically important. For instance, a fire takes just 30 seconds to become life-threatening. Consequently, fire detection systems are designed to alert occupants to a fire hazard quickly. Clearly, an early alert allows time for safe evacuation. Moreover, early detection plays a vital role in the safety of emergency personnel. Furthermore, business property loss and operational downtime are also minimised. Additionally, many alarm systems provide location information for first responders. This information enables them to attend to the source of the fire quickly. Ideally, the detection system should connect to the Warning and Alarm systems. This way, a signal is transmitted automatically to a manned control station and occupants are given an early warning. Ultimately, the purpose of an automatic fire detection system is to detect a fire, alert the occupants to take action, plus notify the emergency response personnel.
How to Choose the Correct Fire Detection System
The type of fire detection system and alarm system you choose is based on your fire safety goals. In turn, these goals are determined by a risk assessment of your property and business operation. Furthermore, when deciding on a system, you must consider the ongoing costs. These costs include regular maintenance, testing and inspections. Also, fire alarm systems are subject to Australian Standards and laws and must be carried out by accredited inspectors.
Automatic Fire Detection and Alarm System
What is an Automatic Fire Detection System and Alarm System? This is the central system in the vast majority of commercial buildings. Usually, they comprise a series of sensors and related monitoring equipment. These detect the effects of a fire and activate connected systems and functions. So, typical components include:
- Sound Systems for Emergency Purposes (SSEP)
- Building occupant warning systems (BOWS)
- Building Management Systems – BMS Automated Lift and Automatic Door Controllers)
- Alarm Signalling Equipment (ASE – Alert Fire Services)
- Mechanical Ventilation Systems