Getting Your Fire Alarm System Up To Code
Construction, building, and safety codes change over time. Often, older buildings are grandfathered in as new codes are adopted, but this isn’t always the case for a fire alarm system.
Just like your security system, fire alarms are designed to prevent injuries and fatalities, so it benefits everyone to keep up with building code changes.
Oftentimes, audits or inspections of a facility will reveal elements of the fire alarm system that fail to meet the new standards. And even if the system was fine when it was first installed, updates will need to be made to bring it up to code. These updates can be very costly, especially for larger facilities.
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Regular testing of your fire alarm system is critical. We test all systems on an annual or biannual basis.
New and modern fire alarm systems have a lot of requirements to make them run properly.
New sounders (the alarms that alert occupants of a fire), have changed over time. These new sounders produce a lower frequency sound that is more irritating to the human ear, encouraging individuals to exit the building rather than wait around to see if an actual emergency is taking place.
The new sounders save lives but often require updates to the power supply system within the building. Insyte Security is uniquely situated to be able to provide updates to the power supply and run cabling throughout the building.
Another major upgrade with modern systems are the fire alarm monitoring panels. Old panels could not be accessed remotely via the network, but fortunately, all new panels are network accessible, allowing for remote access to the system.
Central station monitoring ensures that the fire department is automatically notified in the event of a fire, saving precious time in an emergency. All panels link back to a monitoring station that is Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certified and monitored 24/7.
Ultimately, what your system will require depends largely on where the building is located. Each jurisdiction is different, and the codes can even depend on the nature of the building.
Facilities with a high density of people could have different requirements than largely empty buildings used for storage. At Insyte Security, we understand all of the local codes throughout Orlando and the Central Florida region. We will look to the local codes and help install a system that will keep the property (and everyone on it) safe.
Life Safety System
Your Fire Alarm system is part of the life safety system located in your facility.
The life safety system makes sure that—in the event of an emergency—all systems work together. This means that your fire alarm system must speak with your access control system, integrating with sensors in the ducts, the sprinkler systems, and even the elevators. For larger facilities or campuses with multiple buildings, there must even be a connection to substations.
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The type of Life Safety System needed depends on several different factors. We have the knowledge to advise you and install the right system for your needs.
There are two main types of life safety systems: Fail Safe and Fail Secure.
Fail Safe systems allow free egress when a fire is detected or the fire alarm is triggered. All of the doors are unlocked, allowing individuals to quickly get to safety outside.
The goal of these systems is to make sure as many people are saved as possible, and are commonly found in buildings with a large number of people, such as hospitals. A mass notification system can even be included, announcing for people to calmly exit the building, stay with their group, and meet at their predetermined spots outside.
A Fail Secure system is just the opposite. In an emergency, everything gets locked down. This is commonly used in places where people are usually not allowed, like a vault.
While the doors lock in these situations, preventing free egress throughout a facility, it’s important to note that should an individual be inside the facility during the lockdown, there are still ways for them to get outside. This could be through the pressing of a button, using a key fob, or whatever other method is set up to make sure authorized personal are able to move throughout a building.
The experts at Insyte Security are deeply familiar with all areas of your life safety system and will work with you to design a solution that matches your needs best. Contact us today to see how we can make sure all of your systems are working properly to protect what matters most.
Testing Of Your Fire Alarm System Is Critical
As an integral safety tool, it’s critical to make sure your fire alarm system undergoes regular testing and that any issues are addressed quickly.
When you choose Insyte Security, our job doesn’t end at the installation. We also offer regular fire alarm servicing plans to keep your system working like brand new.
Ongoing testing is key. We suggest either annual or biannual testing of the physical system to allow for the recertification of the alarm. These tests are also a great time to incorporate a fire drill for the individuals inside of the building.
Choose Insyte Security For Your Fire Alarm Servicing and Installation Needs
Whether you are building new construction or renovating an existing facility, you deserve the best fire alarm system installers that Orlando, FL has to offer.
Insyte Security has years of experience in fire alarm design, fire alarm installation, and fire alarm servicing throughout Central Florida. Our knowledge and experience will ensure that your fire alarm system is able to do its job properly in the event of an emergency.
Insyte Security is also an expert in all areas of your security systems, from access control to security cameras and gate access. We also can work with cabling and are a low voltage contractor. Contact us today so we can begin discussing your project.
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Knowledge of your local codes is critical. We work throughout the Central Florida region and know what is needed to bring your system up to code.