Do you own the building that houses your business? Are you thinking about having a new fire alarm system installed? Having a working fire alarm system can mean the difference between a fire being put out promptly enough to save most of your equipment and having that same fire destroy half the building. But before you have such a system installed in your building, it's a good idea to ask a few questions in order to ensure that the system is going to be right for you and your business. Some things that you need to ask include:
Is the system monitored by a third party? You should not assume that a fire alarm system installation will include any sort of monitoring or will call the fire department immediately. Some alarm systems do little more than just make noise and have flashing lights, leaving actual people to make the actual call. This may be sufficient if a fire breaks out during an ordinary working day but is unlikely to do much good if a fire somehow starts when nobody is in the building. The additional cost of a more automatic system is going to be offset significantly by the increased security for you and your business.
What happens when there is a false alarm? Depending on the nature of your business, you may want there to be an override of some sort on your fire alarm system installation. After all, you don't want to have fire trucks showing up if someone burns popcorn in the microwave. On the other hand, you also don't want someone to be able to easily say that an alarm was false when it was valid. Before you have a fire alarm system installed, you should weigh the pros and cons of being able to easily turn off an alarm.
How thoroughly will this system be tested? Although each fire alarm system installation should be completely and thoroughly tested, some less experienced contractors may not go to that extent. They may be under the impression that, for whatever reason, only some parts of the system need to be tested. Even if this were the case, trusting your business to a system that hasn't been tested as completely as possible is going to be an unwise business decision. Before entrusting any system to protect your valuable business assets, make sure that everything is completely checked out.
Contact a company like Motor Shop Electrical Construction Co for more information and assistance.