The Basic Components of a Fire Protection and Suppression System

As one of the leading companies in fire protection in the Columbus OH area, we design, install, maintain, monitor and repair a variety of fire protection and suppression systems for property owners like you. Every system we design is unique, but there are some basic components that go into all of them. Here is a brief rundown of each basic component and its function.

Fire Alarm Panel

This is the brain of your entire fire suppression system. It monitors every connected device and relays information between each part. It also monitors the system’s integrity and output. A fire protection company like Hard Fire knows exactly what type of fire alarm panel will best meet your building’s fire protection needs.

Initiating Devices

There are two main types of initiating devices: manual and automatic. Manual devices are ones that require a person to activate them, such as pull stations and “break glass” stations. Automatic devices are ones that respond on their own to the detectable physical changes that come with a fire, like heat and smoke.

Primary Power Supply

This is the main source of power for your fire protection and suppression system. Usually there is a dedicated branch circuit for the fire suppression system, and the power supply is generally controlled by the power company.

Secondary Power Supply

This is the primary power supply’s back-up and usually consists of batteries, an emergency generator or some other type of emergency power device. The secondary power supply will engage if something happens to the primary power supply. This is to ensure your fire protection and suppression system stays up and running even if the power goes out.

Notification Appliances

These include strobe lights or audio devices such as a horn. This is the way the system tells the building’s occupants that there is a fire and everyone should evacuate immediately. They also help people evacuate the building quickly and safely.

These are just a few basic components of a fire protection and suppression system. Professionals like the ones at Hard Fire will know exactly what your building needs to respond to a fire emergency. That way, you can rest easy knowing your property, its occupants and your assets are well protected in the event the worst happens.

Are you interested in learning more about fire protection in Columbus OH? Call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

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