Is My Commercial Fire Alarm System Working Properly?

Two workers checking their commercial fire alarm systemIs there a commercial fire alarm system in your building? Whether you’re a manager or worker, or even a frequent visitor, you want to know and trust that the commercial fire alarm system is in good working order and doing its job, right? But sometimes fire alarm systems aren’t working optimally and there could be signs that let you know there’s an issue that needs to be addressed. What are some of those signs?

Indicators Your Commercial Fire Alarm System is Not Working Proplery

For starters, if there is a fire and there are no alarms, and people or property gets damaged, then you’ve got a problem– your fire alarm system did not work. This system failure is surely a sign it’s time to consider repairing or replacing the broken system. Maybe it’s a bad component or the whole thing just doesn’t work– either way, system failure is bad news.

Next, if you find yourself having to frequently repair your commercial fire alarm system then that’s a sign it’s time to just replace the whole thing and start fresh with a new and improved one. Why waste time and money on fixing something that keeps on breaking? That’s not reliable at all!

Thirdly, if you go to repair a system but there are no parts available for it, you’re up a creek without a paddle. Systems for which there are no replacement parts are usually really old and outdated! It’s time for an upgrade.

What are some other reasons you might want to change or upgrade your commercial fire alarm system? When buildings get renovated with new elevators, room sizes and space modifications, that might be a good time to consider a new system. You can upgrade, too, in order to be code compliant. Make sure you’re following fire codes for your area. Also, you might need to get rid of an improper retrofit that’s not compliant and/or not meeting current rules and regulations.

Keep in mind that most commercial fire alarm systems have a lifespan of up to 15 years. It’s a good idea to schedule regular inspections, tests and maintenance in order to make sure your system is working optimally, and, if not, make repairs or replace the system as needed.

If you’re in need of replacement fire alarm parts to have your system working optimally once again, check out the inventory at Life Safety Consultants.

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