Friday, 22 February 2013

The Advantages of Wireless Fire Alarm Systems

If you own or manage a commercial property, fire safety measures are one of the most important
considerations you will need to make. As the designated ‘responsible person’ – according to the
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order – you must ensure your property is as protected as possible
from the threat of fire in an effort to make your environment safe for those who work within it, live
there or are visiting.

However, with a wealth of various regulations to fulfill, and a huge range of fire safety equipment to
choose from, this can be a complex and confusing task for someone with no fire industry experience.
Choosing a fire alarm system, for example, can be a nightmare. Do you want a traditional wired
system, a single smoke detector or an advanced wireless system?

The answer, most of the time, is that people simply don’t know. So, in order to make the process
as simple as possible, the professionals at City Fire have compiled a handy guide detailing all the
benefits you can expect from a wireless fire alarm system.

#1 No cables

Wireless technology is everywhere – from phones and speakers to satellite television and internet
connectivity – so why not employ the efficiency of a cordless system into a fire alarm? Wireless
alarms utilise radio signals to communicate between the various components, meaning they do not
require wiring. This makes them incredibly efficient to install and their function highly effective as
there are no cables.

Another important advantage of wireless fire alarms is their resistance to fire. The cables of a
traditional wired alarm system can, very occasionally, be damaged before the alarm goes off,
meaning there could be a delay in the detection of the fire. Therefore, a wireless fire alarm system
would completely negate this risk.

#2 Ease of installation

The fact that wireless alarms are, as the name would suggest, cordless, makes them much simpler
to fit, greatly reducing the installation time. This is particularly useful for business properties or local
authority owned environments as you do not experience as much down-time. Any interruption to
the running of your business can be costly, disruptive and highly inconvenient, so the less time it
takes to install your new fire alarm system the better.

Taking away the cabling element of installing a fire alarm system, which is the most time-consuming
element, makes the process a lot quicker. Fire alarm specialists simply need to position and fix the
various wireless fire alarm devices, such as detectors, call points and sounders, and the system can
then be wirelessly connected once these are in place.

#3 Suitable for a host of environments

Due to the flexible nature of a wireless fire alarm, they are suitable for a huge variety of
environments, including industrial, residential and commercial buildings. Fire industry specialists

can tailor a wireless system for your bespoke requirements, ensuring it caters to the needs of your
property and fulfils all your legal and contractual obligations.

Because wireless fire alarms require no cabling, no drilling needs to take place in your building.
This is particularly beneficial in listed or historic buildings which will not allow wiring, as well as in
environments where visible cables would dramatically diminish its aesthetic appeal. Additionally,
wireless fire alarms are ideal for multiple site buildings, such as schools and hospitals,

#4 System Portability

A new fire alarm is a big investment for a company, meaning it is incredibly important to be able
to keep and use it for as long as possible. Therefore, wireless fire alarms are a fantastic option, as
they offer huge flexibility and can be moved, relocated and repositioned as often as you need. So,
whether you are re-locating your business to a new location and want to take your alarm system
with you or are undergoing a renovation and need to temporarily move your system, you can easily
and conveniently do so.

Furthermore, wireless alarm system can easily be adapted. So, for example, if you are planning an
extension, the system can simply be added to and new alarms fitted to into the wireless circuit.

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