Most of the time fire alarm systems sit quietly, waiting to alert us of a possible threat. We have certainly become highly dependent on them to work when we need them. Yet, at some point nearly every building, including sophisticated high-rises, outdated office buildings, schools, and even our own homes will experience a false fire alarm.
Recently, ORR Protection Systems has fielded an increased number of questions regarding Video Smoke Detection and Video Flame Detection through our "Ask an Expert" portal. Since the interest seems to be increasing we thought it would be helpful to post the most frequently asked questions about this type of detection.
Fire departments respond to more than 2 million false fire alarms each year that are not a result of potentially hazardous conditions, according to NFPA. When your fire alarm system is activated due to mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or lack of knowledge on proper maintenance, it can result in unnecessary runs by the fire department and can cost your business money. Improper fire alarm function can also become increasingly frustrating for businesses seeking to manage a multitude of lights, buzzers and alarms on the panel without a clear understanding of how they should operate.
If your fire alarm panel generates an alarm signal, do you know what to do? Many people are intimidated by their fire alarm panels. They don't know what the signals mean or what buttons to push when the panel is making noise. A simple understanding of the signals a fire alarm panel can generate and what the buttons do can go a long way to building confidence in your system. Click here to download our latest content offer, "How to Operate My Fire Panel." This free download will walk you through the basic phases of fire panel operation so you can gain a clearer understanding of why your panel does what it does and how to operate it when you need to, including: