Retrofitting is the process of adding a new or updated fire protection system (sprinklers, fire alarm, suppression) to an existing building. Reasons for retrofits vary with the most common being renovations and outdated systems.
If your facility is growing or being renovated, your fire protection systems will have to be adjusted accordingly in order to maintain code compliance. This is also the case for aging or faulty systems.
The fire protection industry is constantly changing with newer products, updated codes, and advances in technology. Ensuring that your fire protection system is up-to-date and compliant is critical.
Fire sprinkler systems
Retrofitting a new sprinkler system into an existing building increases the fire protection and life safety of that building for the occupants and businesses.
Fire sprinkler systems rarely need replacing due to age. The most likely reason for a new sprinkler system is modifications made to an existing building. These may include:
Changes in occupancy
Changes in hazard
Changes in outlay of the building
An example of modifications to the outlay of a building would be a large warehouse converted to several office spaces. The building would need an entire new system to stay compliant.
Fire alarm systems
Routine maintenance of your fire alarm system is the best preventative measure to maintain the integrity of your system. In some cases, however, an entire new system or specific parts are needed to ensure the safety of the building and its occupants.
Reasons for retrofits of fire alarm systems include:
Older system (typical life of a fire alarm panel is about 15 to 20 years)
Faulty system (giving false alarms)
Parts no longer available
Newer technology available
There are many benefits to retrofits, namely extending the life of your fire alarm system. Updating your system means better technology. New technologies in fire alarm systems now allow for:
Pinpointing exactly which detector is going off, with specific location
More efficient dust compensation in smoke detectors
Horn strobes sync strobe flashes to prevent seizures in those with Epilepsy
Enhanced displays with more detailed information
Being proactive and prepared are the best ways tools for effective fire protection. You don’t want to wait until your system fails or replacement parts are discontinued to consider the benefits of a retrofit.
Even if you’re not renovating your building, it’s important to stay up-to-date on all inspections and upgrade your fire protection systems with newer technologies to safeguard your property and employees.
Keep in mind that property owners may also be required by their insurance company to upgrade their fire protection system.
Why choose Fire Systems, Inc.
We have over 30 years of experience with tenant-build out projects and large-scale fire protection system retrofits. Our team is trained to identify the code requirements to which your systems must adhere.
Fire Systems is also a certified Notifier distributor. All Notifier ESDs (Engineered Systems Distributors) are factory trained and has direct access to extensive product, technical and application support.