How to Choose the Right Alarm System

Safety and security are paramount for businesses of all backgrounds. Remaining safe against fire, theft, and intruders is a goal each day. The key to achieving those goals is to have the right alarm system in place.

As it turns out, there is a wide array of options to choose from. Knowing which one to choose and how to arrive at that decision can be made a lot easier with a little bit of help.

Fire Alarms

You may find quickly that you need a combination of alarms from this site to create the optimally safe setting. Thankfully, technology has developed to the point that different system elements can now be intertwined and connected or left to work on their own.

Standalone options are perfectly fine, but larger businesses typically have interlinking alarm systems. This way should something happen, the alert isn’t sent through just one avenue. It is the ideal way to protect the building in the event of fire, intrusion, theft, and a plethora of other issues. Fire alarms themselves are often a bit more comprehensive as they include things like sprinklers and fire suppression systems.

Lights and Strobes

Another common portion of alarm systems is lights and strobes. For people in the building, it can sometimes be difficult to hear an alarm going off depending on what is happening. With visual alarms, people can see that something is wrong in nearly any environment, even when heavy smoke is apparent.

Most alarm systems are built to be audible throughout the building, but there are outside factors that can hamper its effectiveness. Workspaces, even simple office buildings, often have visual lights and strobes so that people know what is happening no matter what else might be going on. They can be color coordinated and come in a variety of patterns, telling anyone in the building what is going on even if hearing what’s happening feels virtually impossible.

Horns and Alarm Bells

For smaller sites and buildings, rotary alarm bells and air horns are often considered. Whereas sound traveling across a large building can sometimes be compromised, it is a lot less common in smaller spaces. Even better, these alarms can be raised manually, and they don’t need battery power to operate. It can be an ideal way to keep safety standards high without having to pay a much higher price.

These should be considered base level, however. When combined with some of the aforementioned alarm systems, they can be a great choice. If you don’t have lights or any other means of alert in the building, just make sure that they have been placed at enough intervals that they can be heard even in the midst of an emergency. Alarms are only effective if they can be seen/heard by everyone on the premises in the middle of an emergency.

Self-Contained Systems

Some businesses may not see the need (or the need to pay the costs) of a full fire alarm system. For instance, construction sites don’t have a proper fire alarm system because there are constraints when it comes to providing a power supply. Thankfully, there are alternative systems that are totally self-contained.

Most of the devices are either solar or battery-powered, ensuring that they can be brought to any site and situation. Best of all, they can be linked together with any other type of system. Radio-linked and wireless are some of the most commonly used self-contained alarms for work sites that change on a regular basis (like construction sites). Take stock of your needs before choosing an alarm system to meet them.