Fire Alarm System – The Basics!

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Let’s do the fire alarm basics again, shall we?

First of all welcome back to the blog, been a long time; glad to write again. Hope you all are doing good and surviving the pandemic. Cheers for making it here.

Okay, back to fire alarms – the basics are the foundation as we all know. And forgetting them can cause some serious damages to all of us. Especially when it is related to safety. Every single commercial building has a fire alarms system, but how many of us do actually know what it does or how it works.

The first line of defense against the danger of fire is a fire alarm system. This helps you to know that fire has been started somewhere. And you can say fire alarm is an announcement maker for a fire outbreak! There are 4 main ways your fire alarm that helps you and your workplace to be safe from fire.

Mentioned below are the 4 major purposes of a fire alarm system.

A fire alarm system helps you to protect your property and its occupant from the danger of fire by

  • Detecting Fire
  • Alerting its occupants
  • Managing the risk associated with it &
  • Notifying the fire department about the fire outbreak

Let’s go through it one-by-one.

But first, just a reminder, make sure you wear your mask and take all the necessary precautions against the virus. Let’s beat it together by being responsible.

So, here is the first one.

  1. Detect Fire

The fire alarm system is designed to detect fire in 2 major ways:

  • Smoke &
  • Heat

fire and heat

It should also have the “manual pull” capability. This is used to trigger the alarm in case a fire is seen by someone before the smoke or heat reaches the sensors of the system. The other systems are activated when the movement in the sprinkler system is detected, this also indicates that the sprinklers are responding to fire.

  1. Alerts the Occupants

The major role of the fire alarm system is to detect smoke, heat, or any unwanted water movements and alert all the occupants in the building using both alarms – audible and visible. These fire alarms will be bright in color, loud, and something that is impossible to ignore even if you try to; this helps to mobilize all the individuals to follow the evacuation plan.

alerting people

Using both the alarms ensures that every person in the building is alerted and is in motion.

  1. Managing Risks

This is the beauty of fire alarm systems – it acts as the third way that helps and protects you from the fire hazard.

risk or safe


The fire alarms also perform a few tasks that help to prevent fire and smoke from spreading as well as protects the occupants in the building. It automatically shuts doors in some designated zones, powering off the ventilator and also the air conditioning, or it can also redirect the elevators to bring cars parked to a designated level.

  1. Notifying Authorities

The fourth purpose of the fire alarm system is to inform or notify the authorities. This makes sure that the fire department is on their way as quickly as possible to your building, so they can respond & also extinguish the fire before it becomes havoc.

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Every fire alarm system delivers these above-mentioned four purposes, but what many of us don’t know is that fire alarm systems don’t just alert you of a fire outbreak. It also is able to identify some supervisory and trouble conditions.

Let us have a look at the 3 basic functions of fire alarm systems.

Alarm, Trouble, and Supervisory

  • Alarm: we have seen what alarm does in the above-mentioned points.
    In an event of a threat to life or property, the fire alarm system will start notifying the occupants to escape and also informs the authorities so that they can respond.
  • Trouble: A trouble condition means that something is wrong with the system. Alarm systems employ a trouble condition to alert you or your building manager about immediate danger; you’ll need an immediate inspection and also repair of the systems.
  • Supervisory: This condition means that the fire alarm monitors have some issues. This could signal from anything of low to high pressure in the suppression system to malfunctioning of a fire pump.

Fire alarms systems are an important part of your commercial building because it helps you to be safe from any fire hazards and also your property.

The last and final thing to keep in mind is that you need to inspect all your equipment regularly and also train the staff to respond to fire alarms appropriately.

And let us all keep fire extinguishers handy.

That’s all for today, hope a run through basics was a good read to you all.
Stay Alert, Stay Safe…