TopAlarmCompanies.com published a video about choosing the right fire alarm system for your small business. As we focus on fire alarm installation, we believe it is important for businesses of all sizes to identify their needs properly and stay on top of their needs of their company. Fire alarm installation services are easy once you know what system you want to use. Here are some great tips from their video, available here.
- A small business is NOT the same as a residential property —You need to evaluate the size of your property and understand that there are several different options available to you.
- Don’t forget about the break room and reception areas —While these are not always heavily populated, they do need to be heavily monitored. The break room may house appliances that can catch fire, or employees can break rules by attempting to smoke in these areas, leading to a potential fire hazard.
- Price isn’t everything, but don’t pay more than you have to —It is difficult to identify what is “too much” and what is “not enough.” This is why it may be best to get several opinions, especially from other trusted small business owners. Many companies will give you estimates, but be sure you aren’t purchasing add-ons you don’t really need.
- Conventional or monitoring system –A conventional system may be the cheaper option, but there are several disadvantages you need to be aware of. Unlike monitoring alarm systems, you will not be notified if there is a suspected fire. If no one is at the property, this could mean serious loss of time, leading to financial and employee risks.
- Monitored is best –These systems eliminate the human error aspect because they are automated. A monitoring company will contact you immediately if there is a problem, and they can easily get in touch with the local fire department. These systems may require you to spend a little more upfront, but the extra peace of mind is more than worth it.
- Stay in touch with your company’s needs –Fire alarm installation is a relatively quick process. Plus, once your system is in place, it will require little maintenance.