A fire alarm monitoring system provides a facility with more robust fire protection than a standard fire alarm system because it monitors the facility for signs of fire or smoke 24/7/365. In the event a fire or smoke is detected, a fire alarm monitoring system automatically alerts the proper authorities and emergency contacts.
How Fire Alarm Monitoring Systems Work
Whenever a fire or security alarm goes off, a horn or siren sounds to notify all personnel in the facility or building to evacuate. If the alarms are not connected to a fire alarm monitoring system, then the alarms only ring on the premises. A human is therefore responsible for alerting the proper authorities.
But, when the alarms are connected to a monitoring system, a signal is sent over the Internet, cellular service, radio, or a phone line to a monitoring center alerting their operators that an emergency is taking place at your premises. Monitoring centers have live operators available 24 hours a day, so they are always ready to react whenever something triggers your alarms. After receiving the signal, the operators assess the situation and alert the proper authorities and any emergency contacts listed in your account.
What Types of Alarms are Monitored?
A fire alarm monitoring system monitors a wide range of alarms other than just those emitted by smoke detectors and sprinklers. An average system can monitor the following:
- Alarm activation
- Fire alarms
- Fire pump signals
- Sprinkler systems and flow alarms
- Suppression and special hazard systems
- Suppression system discharge
- Tamper, supervisory/trouble
- Critical process alarms
- Hold-up alarms
- Emergency door openings and closings
- Temperature alarms
Why is Fire Alarm Monitoring Recommended Over Standard Fire Alarm Systems
There are several key reasons why having a fire alarm monitoring system is recommended over a standard fire alarm system. Some of the benefits of having fire alarm monitoring include:
- Faster response to your emergency, even during off-business hours
- Alerts the authorities immediately and automatically, instead of waiting for building occupants to call 911
- Trouble and supervisory signals for fire alarms and sprinklers are monitored 24/7/365
- Greater peace of mind knowing that your facility is better protected
An Inspected Fire Alarm Monitoring System is a Working Monitoring System
A fire alarm monitoring system is your first line of defense against fire and all the damage it can cause. But, to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having a system in place, you need to make sure it is regularly inspected by a certified fire system inspector. This is the only way to help ensure that your system will work the way it is designed should a fire break out in your facility.
Don’t risk your investment or the lives of those who live or work in your building – get your fire monitoring system inspected. Contact Metro Fire Inspections today and schedule your inspection.