When is the last time you paid attention to your fire alarm system? If you’re like most people and/or businesses, it has probably been some time. Yet your fire alarm system should always be a priority– it’s a good idea to have a time written down on the calendar every couple months or once a year to have it checked to make sure it’s working well. After all, what is the point of having a fire alarm system if it isn’t in proper working order? Lives and property are at stake.
Replacing or Repairing
What do you need to know about replacing a fire alarm system or repairing it? For starters, you might need to apply for and get construction permits to do this sort of work. Rules and policies change from time to time, and standards often get more stringent as time goes on. Therefore, it’s important to check with local officials who can tell you what the current codes are and what’s allowed/not allowed for replacements.
While sometimes it’s fine to just repair a broken system, most often the case is this: the old system needs major modifications in order to meet current code requirements due to changes in the way the building is constructed, occupied and/or how local ordinances have changed to adjust with the times… Perhaps it’s time to start fresh with an entirely new fire alarm system that meets current building and fire prevention codes.
You might consider having a feasibility analysis conducted– this will identify options for the new fire alarm system and help you with budgeting for it. Furthermore, when you go to companies asking for proposals to do the work, make sure you get a written letter stating that the new fire alarm system you intend to use meets all local building codes, fire codes and accessibility requirements at the time of installation.
Life Safety Consultants can help you figure out your fire alarm system needs. Also, we sell replacement parts for older systems, in case you need to make timely repairs. For instance, if you need replacement parts for Simplex products, such as a new sensor base or break-rod, you can find items here.
Please call Life Safety Consultants at 888-557-0558 to discuss your concerns and needs. We’re here to help you keep your fire alarm systems up-to-date and compliant with the codes, rules, and needs of today.