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Misconceptions About Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

Commercial Fire alarm

How much do you really know about commercial fire alarm systems? It turns out there are several myths or falsehoods about them… and fires in general. Not a Critical Need For starters, some people assume they don’t need any alarm system in their building because they’ll be able to see the smoke, or smell it,… Read more »

Reasons to Have an Addressable Commercial Fire Alarm System


How much do you know about addressable commercial fire alarm systems? For those who aren’t that familiar, these systems involve a series of fire detectors/devices that are connected back to a central control panel. What makes these systems unique is that each device has an “address” or location such that if and when it gets… Read more »

The Main Features of a Commercial Fire Alarm System

Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

  What do you know about commercial fire alarm systems? What are some of their typical main features Commercial fire alarm systems utilize smoke detectors to detect smoke from fires. If and when they detect smoke, they set off an audible alarm to warn people in a building that they need to pay attention to… Read more »

The Triggers of a Commercial Smoke Detector

Smoke detector with smoke

There are two types of smoke alarms: photoelectric and ionization. With photoelectric, a steady beam of light is used. If and when smoke particles enter the internal chamber of the alarm, particles scatter the light beam and redirect it to a photocell, triggering the alarm to go off. Ionization alarms use ions, electrons and electrodes…. Read more »

Do You Need Pull Station Covers?

Manual Pull Stations

Do you need pull station covers? Well, they’re a good idea because they help protect manual pull stations from several things. Protection In high traffic areas, pull station covers help protect against accidental impacts. Ideally, you don’t want people to set off accidental alarms, right? If someone accidentally bumps into the pull station, the cover… Read more »

A Brief Look at the History of Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors

We take smoke detectors for granted. They’re everywhere these days, but that wasn’t always the case. The Early History of Smoke Detectors In the 1930s, there was a Swiss scientist named Walter Jaeger. He accidentally invented the smoke detector when he made a device to detect poison gas. His sensor device was supposed to move… Read more »

How Businesses Can Celebrate Fire Prevention Month

Worker Maintaining Commercial Fire Alarm System

Did you know October is National Fire Prevention month? What are some things businesses can do to stay fire free? Maintain Fire Alarm Systems First, it’s important to maintain fire prevention systems. Make sure your smoke alarms are working– test them! Does the alarm sound? If you don’t have a sprinkler system, think about installing… Read more »