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How it Works: The Components of a Fire Protection and Fire Suppression System

Published Date: September 20th, 2017 | Category: Fire Protection

Hard Fire is one of the leaders in fire suppression in Cleveland, designing, installing, monitoring, maintaining and repairing 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. In order to fully understand the importance of a professional fire suppression system, it is important to know its many parts and what makes it work. That’s why we’ve decided to provide a brief description of each component, its function and how it fits into the big picture.

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The notification system is the alarm. It can include strobe lights or audio devices such as a horn. This is how 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.

Alarm Panel

The fire alarm panel is the brain of the 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 be best to meet your building’s fire protection needs.

Power Supply

The primary power source is what provides power for your fire protection and fire 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.

Backup Power

The secondary power supply is the primary power supply’s backup and usually consists of batteries, an emergency generator or other type of emergency power device. The secondary power supply will engage if something happens to the primary power supply. It helps ensure your fire suppression and fire protection system can still be depended upon even when the power goes out.


There are two types of initiation devices. 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.

Contact the professionals at Hard Fire and we can tell you even more about fire suppression systems, their components and what they can do for you and your business.

Are you interested in learning more about fire suppression for your Cleveland area business? Call us at Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.

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