Fire alarms are one of the most misunderstood parts of a fire protection system. They serve one main purpose: to alert you and the other occupants in your building that a fire has been detected and you need to evacuate as quickly as possible. Fire alarms can come with an audio alert, like a loud beeping noise or a voice that gives instructions on what to do, or they can come with a visual alert, like bright flashing strobe lights, or both. We install, service and inspect fire alarms for Cleveland businesses, so we thought we would clear up some of the most common misconceptions about these life-saving devices.
Myth: All I need are a few fire alarms and my building will be protected from a fire.
Truth: While fire alarms are an important component of a good fire protection system, they are not the only component. You should also have a fire suppression system installed. The type you get depends on your business and the equipment you use. You should also have a 24/7 monitoring system in place as well.
Myth: I’ll smell smoke, so there is no need for my commercial property to have a fire alarm system installed.
Truth: Sometimes, depending on where the fire starts and how quickly it burns, you and your commercial property’s other occupants may never smell or see the fire. That is why fire alarms are so crucial. When they detect smoke, they will sound the alarm. They give everyone time to safely evacuate before the fire spreads and causes injuries, damage or worse.
Most insurance companies will not insure your building if you do not have a working fire protection system installed.
Myth: I do not need to have my fire alarms or fire protection system inspected.
Truth: Actually, regular inspections are required by many different building codes and regulations. You should have these inspections done by a professional service like Hard Fire to make sure everything is working as it should be in case the worst happens and a fire breaks out.
These are just a few examples of some of the most common misconceptions about fire alarms, their purpose and why they are so important. If you have any further questions about them, please don’t hesitate to ask us.
Do you want to learn more about fire alarms in Cleveland? Call Hard Fire at 800-848-1301 or 614-882-2990, or you can Contact Us.