Fire alarms are an important part of keeping people safe and preventing fires in any building. Fire alarms let people inside your building know if there are problems with the fire safety systems. If there is a fire, it will warn the people inside so they have time to get out safely. Fire alarm monitoring takes your alarm system one step further by telling the right people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week about a fire or other emergency.
How Does a Fire Alarm Monitoring System Work?
A monitoring device is put in place and connected to your fire alarm system in a monitored fire alarm system. When the alarm goes off, a signal is sent to a central station that keeps an eye on everything. Central monitoring stations have people who are very well trained who will get the signal and call the right people, like the fire department.
Fire Alarm System vs. Fire Alarm Monitoring
What’s the difference between fire alarms that are watched and ones that aren’t? A fire alarm system that is not watched tells people in a building that there is a fire so they can get out safely. When an alarm system isn’t being watched, it’s up to the people in the building to call 911 so the fire department can be sent. Monitoring your fire alarm takes it to the next level by sending a signal to the central station right away. The central station will call your chosen contacts and the authorities so that the fire department can come without anyone in the building having to remember how to react and call the authorities. If there is a problem with one of the connected fire safety or life safety systems, the central station will be notified by the fire alarm monitoring. This tells the people you choose about the problem.
Benefits of Monitored Fire Alarm Systems
Fire alarm monitoring systems protect your building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They have many benefits, such as:
- Shortening the time it takes for emergency workers to get there.
- Responding faster to a fire can make people safer and reduce the damage to property.
- Emergencies will be taken care of at any time of day or night, even if your building is empty.
- Lets people in the building focus on getting out safely without having to worry about calling the police.
- Problems with your connected life safety and fire protection systems will alert you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.