A fire alarm system provides an audible and / or visible alarm signal when triggered by an alarm pull station, automatic activation of a fire detector, such as a smoke or heat detector, or the automatic activation of a protective system such as a sprinkler system. A key element to a fire alarm system is continuous monitoring, which notifies the local fire department after the system activates.
Our expert staff will lead you from professional design and installation of your new system, to maintaining the system as originally installed per national, state, and local fire codes.
Every application is unique, which means nearly every fire system design is different. There are however some general guidelines for system design.
Required areas must have smoke detectors no further than 15’ from each wall and no more than 30’ from each other. Public bathrooms require strobe only notification (visual) and main areas will have horn / strobe combination units (audio / visual).
All Fire alarm panels require direct 110v electrical connections from the electrical panel in the building.
Telephone Lines (Two Lines): If two phone lines are accessible in your building, they can be used to communicate with the authorities.
Internet Only (Sole Path): The internet can be used as the single means of communication to the central monitoring station.
Cellular Only (Sole Path): Like the internet, a built in cellular communicator can be used by a fire alarm panel to communicate to the central monitoring station.
Monitoring Requirements: New Jersey State law requires that all commercial fire systems monitor with a feature called 24 Hour Test, which means the fire alarm will send a signal to the central monitoring station once every 24 hours to ensure the communication paths are working properly. THIS FEATURE IS REQUIRED BY LAW!
Initial Estimate: Meet with a professional consultant to discuss your building’s particular requirements. Fire codes / laws vary by jurisdiction but are fairly consistent overall. Having a professional and licensed estimator come to your business will save you money down the road.
Topics covered will include: monitoring, local codes / permits, electrical requirements, and smoke / heat detector coverage.
Overall, fire systems require very little maintenance. The panel’s backup batteries will need to be changed every 3-5 years. Also, an annual Fire System Certification must be performed for the system every year. This report must be presented to your local town authority proving the system’s continued maintenance and testing.
If you own a commercial building with a basement, you may be subject to the NJ and PA “Windowless Basement Law”. Many municipalities have begun enforcing the law aggressively in the last few years.
The “Windowless Basement Law” requires that a fire detection system be installed and monitored in basements with either no windows or windows that are too small for firefighter access. If there is a door it must be above grade level to count as an opening. Generally speaking, the window openings must be 32”x 48” and spaced not more than 100 feet apart or 22”x 42” and spaced not more than 30 feet apart.
Read More About Windowless Basement Laws Here.
Over 35 years of experience is behind every commercial fire system we install. YOUR BUSINESS is protected 24/7 with a state of the art and up to code fire system. Rest assured the fire department will be notified as quickly as the most modern technology allows.
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