Fire Alarm Systems are designed to alert us in the event of an emergency. Although fire alarms are present in almost every work environment, they are often overlooked until they’re needed.
A fire alarm system recognizes a fire through multiple methods of detection. When detection devices are activated, an alarm is triggered to warn people in the building as well as notify the fire department. One of the key components of a fire alarm system are smoke detectors. These devices range in both sophistication and function. There are two basic types of smoke detectors:
Photoelectric smoke detectors are more suitable for detecting slow developing (smoldering) fires where as the ionizations smoke detectors are better suited for fast developing (flaming) fire. Although, both types of detectors can detect both types of fire, their response time will vary, depending on the actual type of fire. Multi-technology combination smoke detectors can also be used that utilize smoke detection combined with heat and/or CO detection when a standard smoke detector is not the best solution for the environment.