The functionality and design of your building’s fire protection system can either help, or hinder first responders responding to fire emergencies. Fire protection systems utilize fire alarms, bi-directional amplifiers, fire suppression systems, and appropriately lit means of egress to keep your building as safe as possible should a fire occur. If any of these elements fail to function properly, the ability of your local fire responders to enter your building, move around your building, find the source of fire, and extinguish the flames may be severely hindered.
Fire Alarm Systems
A reliable fire alarm system is an invaluable asset for both facilities and firefighters responding to fire emergencies. These systems can notify first responders of a fire within seconds of it starting. Fire alarm systems should be inspected annually, at minimum, to make sure that they are functioning properly.
Fire alarm systems perform various important roles such as:
Automating communication with the fire department, making for the fastest communication possible
Helping identify the fire’s origin so they can be addressed more quickly at the source
Improving response time and accuracy so firefighters can respond efficiently and precisely
Triggering sprinkler systems to work at putting out flames as quickly as possible
Efficient communication can be the difference between minimal damage or total destruction. Unfortunately, communication issues among first responders often cause big problems. The use of bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs) can eliminate many of these issues. BDAs are signal boosters that make it possible for fire responders to remain in constant contact throughout any facility in the event of a fire by boosting the signal by distributing radio frequency throughout the entire building. These signal boosters are even required by law in some cities.
Means of Egress
All nonresidential facilities are required to have proper means of egress. A means of egress is an unobstructed path to leave buildings/structures that includes exit access, exit, and exit discharge. In NFPA 101: Life Safety Code, the National Fire Protection Agency requires emergency egress lighting in exit accesses, at exits, and at exit discharges.
When maintained properly, these means of egress are a huge asset to responders. Not only does it help everyone in the building safely evacuate, but it also gives fire responders additional ways to exit the building if needed.
How Fire Systems, Inc. Can Help
If you’re unsure if your building’s fire protection system will be helpful for fire responders in the event of an emergency, Fire Systems, Inc. can help. In business for over 35 years, Fire Systems, Inc. is an all-services fire protection company. Our highly trained technicians are prepared to ensure every aspect of your fire protection system will be helpful for first responders, creating the highest level of fire safety for your facility. We’ll even monitor your alarm system for you.