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When Do You Need Fire Alarm Monitoring?

Published Date: June 16th, 2022 | Category: Maintenance & Monitoring

Do you own a commercial building or business in Cleveland? Are you up to code when it comes to your fire alarm monitoring system? Or maybe you aren’t quite sure if you are or aren’t? Don’t worry! Here at Hard Fire Suppression Systems, we can help get you up to code, but in the meantime – let’s talk about when you need fire alarm monitoring in Cleveland.

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A mission-critical piece of any comprehensive fire protection system, fire alarm monitoring takes the guesswork out of fires. Fire alarm monitoring ensures that a fire alarm isn’t a false alarm and then notifies the necessary personnel (local police, local fire department, etc.). Even when your building is vacant, fire alarm monitoring will contact first responders to protect your property.

However, what fire alarm monitoring is doesn’t really answer the question at hand: when do you need fire alarm monitoring?

The most important thing to consider when determining if your building requires fire alarm monitoring is the Occupancy Classification. There are a few national codes, laws and governing bodies that can help you determine your occupancy classification and in turn if you need fire alarm monitoring, such as the International Building Code, your states’ Fire Code, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), and your Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

The NFPA-72 and -101 are the main governing documents that you’ll need to familiarize yourself with to ensure that you are up to code with your fire alarm monitoring! Section 9.6.4.2 of the NFPA-101 defines the appropriate monitoring systems:

“Where emergency forces notification is required by another section of this Code, the fire alarm system shall be arranged to transmit the alarm automatically via any of the following means acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and shall be in accordance with NFPA 72:

(1) Auxiliary fire alarm system

(2) Central station fire alarm system

(3) Proprietary supervising station fire alarm system

(4) Remote supervising station fire alarm system”

One thing to note, however, is that existing buildings have slightly different requirements than new buildings in some cases. The table below covers different types of occupancies, whether fire alarm monitoring is required and any notes applicable! Take a look and see if your type of building is listed to see if you need fire alarm monitoring.

Type of OccupancyRequired?Note
Ambulatory Health Care FacilityYes
Assembly OccupancyYesAHJ Restrictions
Apartment BuildingsYes
Business and Mercantile OccupancyYesOnly required after new installation
Daycare FacilityYes
Detention and Correctional FacilityYesDepends on in-house security
Educational FacilityYesOnly required after new installation
Health Care FacilityYes
Hotels and DormitoriesYesExisting building only require emergency phones
Industrial and Storage OccupancyYesOnly if building is occupied
Lodging and Rooming HousesNot addressed
One/Two Family DwellingsNot addressed
Residential Board and Care FacilityYes

If your building falls into any of the above categories that need fire alarm monitoring in Cleveland, contact Hard Fire Suppression Systems today so we can get you set up! Call us at 800-848-1301 or 612-882-2990 or contact us!

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