A fire alarm system is a number of devices working together to detect and warn people through visual and audio appliances when smoke, fire, carbon monoxide or other emergencies are present. These alarms may be activated from smoke detectors and heat detectors. Alarms can be either motorized bells or wall mountable sounders or horns. They can also be speaker strobes which sound an alarm, followed by a voice evacuation message which alerts people inside the building not to use the elevators. They may also be activated via manual fire alarm activation devices such as manual call points or pull stations.
Considerations for installing fire alarms are may and includes the following.
- Alarm systems and fire service monitoring of these systems are required in buildings under agency legislation.
- Alarm systems are primarily designed to warn occupants of fire so that they may safely evacuate the premises.
- Correctly maintained and operating alarm systems are effective and proven life-saving devices.
- Fire alarm systems are important in providing occupants of buildings prompt warning if a fire occurs.