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What’s new in Fire Detection in 2017?

At TransPro Systems, our expert team of engineers and technicians are committed to providing life safety solutions which meet the highest possible standards. From Fire Prevention and Protection to Emergency Lighting and Detection, TransPro Systems has built an unrivalled reputation for providing safe, affordable and sustainable solutions to real-world problems.

Join us as we take a look at the role of Fire Detection in 2017.

Why do I need Fire Detection?

Fire detection and alarm systems play a crucial role in warning us of developing fire emergencies. Having a reliable detection system in place is no longer an option for companies, and ensuring that the occupants of a building are properly alerted in the event of a fire emergency is the responsibility of the business. Fire detection, whether manual or automatic, can also be used to notify the emergency services or even shut down and protect key electrical systems.

But what exactly does the fire detection and alarm system consist of?

Components of the system

There are three main components to these systems that you should know about: control panels, detectors and alarm devices.

Control Panels
The control panel is responsible for monitoring the alarm input devices (such as manual and automatic detection devices) and then triggering alarm output devices (such as warning alarms and contacting the local fire department). Essentially, it is the brain of the alarm system.

The complexity of these control panels can differ depending on the level of control required. They can range from single-input/single-output units to complex computer systems monitoring multiple sites across a larger network.

Fire Detectors
In the event of a developing fire emergency humans can be excellent fire detectors… but they may not always be reliable. That’s why TransPro Systems encourages the use of a combination of automatic and manual fire detection solutions. Manual alarm activation devices, manual call points or manual pull stations are best used in conjunction with automatic fire detectors in order to ensure that the alarm is raised in good time. This is especially important if there are extended periods in which no people are present.

Alarm Output Devices
From sirens, bells and speakers, to strobes and flashing lights, the alarm output device is the component of the fire detection and alarms system that everyone should be familiar with.

Once the control panel has received warning from the fire detector that there is a developing hazard, it must now communicate this emergency to the occupants of the building. This is done by means of audio and visual notifications. It is increasingly common to find a combination of visual and audio warnings.

Preparing for the future

As technology drives forward, fire detection and alarm systems are becoming ever more sophisticated, and TransPro Systems is leading the charge in developing new ways to create safer working and living environments. If you would like more information about this, or any other service offered by TransPro Systems, then contact our experts for more information.