The Difference Between Commercial & Residential Fire Detection

Fire detection and fire alarms are a crucial part of fire safety for both commercial and residential properties. They both help save lives and protect property by alerting that a fire has broken out. There are also different types of fire detection systems to suit the various types of environments they are used in. But, when it comes to residential and commercial; there are some major differences we’d like to discuss here. And, when you’re ready to discuss a fire detection system for your Columbus business, give us a call at Hard Fire. We can design and install the right fire detection system to meet your unique business’ needs.

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Codes & Testing

A commercial business has special fire detection requirements residential properties simply don’t need. And, commercial properties having code requirements they must meet. We are current and up to date on all of the regulations and codes surrounding fire alarms, fire suppression and fire protection.

Unlike with residential fire alarms, when it comes to commercial fire detection, testing will usually need to be carried out by a qualified professional on a regular basis.

Residential Fire Detection

Most people are familiar with the types of smoke detector used in residential properties. There are two common types; photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric uses light beams, which cause a reduction in light passing to a photocell if smoke is present. Ionization works by reactions inside the detector being disrupted by the presence of smoke particles. Note: National and Ohio fire codes require residential fire detection and Carbon Monoxide detectors be replaced at least every 10 years. Newer Smoke and CO detectors come with 10-year batteries. The battery low monitor on these new unit can be a good reminder to replace your residential detectors keeping your family safe is the focus of this requirement.

Commercial Fire Detection

A commercial property includes everything from office buildings to restaurants to industrial buildings to entertainment venues. Each of these require a uniquely designed fire detection system to meet its needs. For example, an entertainment building is going to require different types of fire detection than an office would.
A fire detection system in commercial buildings are usually more complex than those used in residences. With larger sized buildings such as big office blocks, fire alarm and fire detection systems will need careful design and planning, with a full fire risk assessment taking place before installation.

All elements of the fire detection system are interlinked together with a central control panel and in most cases commercial fire alarms will require 24/7 monitoring. This allows fire department notification even when there is nobody on the premises. Detectors will have to be able to detect smoke or heat, whichever is more appropriate for the given environment.

Also new requirements are being added this year by the National code for Carbon Monoxide detection in commercial buildings.

In addition to detecting fire, Manual pull call points will be needed in commercial buildings so that individuals can raise the alarm immediately should they discover a fire.

Finally, The 2018 tax reduction act has allowed commercial building owners to write off a fire protection system investment, please contact us to find out more about this incentive to protect your most valuable asset, your people.

Do you want more information about a fire detection system for your Columbus business? Call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990 or you can Contact Us.