Have you heard horror stories of homes, apartments and businesses burning down without being noticed in time by the fire department? Fire monitoring systems ensure that when an alarm goes off immediately upon it being activated by being connected directly with them and contact numbers provided so the appropriate authorities are informed.
Guaranteeing that your fire alarm monitoring meets provincial building and fire codes requires selecting an alarm company with ULC certification. Here are the benefits:
Detection of Smoke and Heat
Heat detectors operate similarly to smoke alarms, yet are specifically designed to detect heat instead of smoke molecules. They’re often an essential element in large commercial or industrial spaces where hazardous materials could be present.
Unmonitored smoke detectors will only alert you of a fire if someone is home when the alarm goes off, while monitored systems verify each alarm signal before notifying emergency services, significantly reducing false alarms which waste time and resources while potentially qualifying you for property insurance premium discounts. Construction sites can use temporary fire alarms as additional protection from costly damage from fire, while keeping workers safe.
Early Detection of a Fire
Fire can be an extremely deadly threat to property and lives, spreading rapidly unchecked. To safeguard against its spread and reduce property loss due to a fire outbreak, alarm systems with monitoring capabilities that detect even small amounts of smoke or increased heat can detect small signs that something is amiss and alert the local fire department immediately – thus shortening response times from fire trucks arriving and decreasing potential property loss caused by an ensuing blaze.
An effective fire detection and protection system will monitor your site around-the-clock to provide peace of mind that it is protected against fire threats at all times, giving your employees peace of mind that the alarm won’t go off accidentally and leave them trapped or panicking when leaving the premises.
Notification of a Fire
In the event of a fire, occupants are immediately alerted and given seconds to evacuate quickly and securely from their premises, gathering all essential belongings (I.D, keys, purses and wallets) before exiting quickly from the building.
ULC fire alarm monitoring ensures an immediate alert is sent directly to 911, thus decreasing response times from fire departments and potentially saving a building from destruction.
Fire alarm systems help minimize fire damage by restricting its spread, using dual path communication to send out an alarm signal and eliminate phone lines for faster project flow and cost savings over time.
Early Detection of a Burglary
Criminals typically use rocks or debris thrown at windows during a burglary to test whether anyone is present and to determine if your alarm system is operational. Noise will help them calculate exactly when your absence will take place and could easily break in through unlocked alarm covers, giving access to your valuables.
Based on your building’s type and size, ULC fire monitoring could be required of it. A company certified with ULC can make all the difference in terms of monitoring a small issue as opposed to becoming an urgent situation.
Working with a UL Listed company ensures they have the equipment, installation practices, office procedures and staff needed to meet and surpass national standards – something which will boost customer/tenant/board/investor confidence in case of fire outbreak.
Detection of a Gas Leak
Combustible gas leak detectors will notify authorities if a dangerous amount of combustible gases are detected in a home or commercial property, often carbon monoxide poisoning which could otherwise lead to deadly accidents and may be easily prevented with appropriate safety equipment.
Alarms that pair with fire monitoring can alert authorities if there is a leak detected, making them particularly helpful for elderly individuals who may lose their sense of smell.
These devices can be mobile or fixed to a wall, with some even offering plug-in options. Their display will show ppm readings for carbon monoxide and combustible gases; additional sensors like smoke and heat sensors may be integrated to further ensure your building receives maximum protection and avoid costly construction delays or insurance claims.
Detection of a Water Leak
Water leaks can be one of the primary reasons a building suffers severe damage, leading to property loss and costly repairs as well as even shutting down of business operations. Alarm covers help address this threat by sensing any water on-premises and alerting either the fire department or central monitoring station of its presence.
Commercial fire monitoring can provide invaluable safety improvements for both employees and customers while helping reduce premiums and deductible costs.
An UL-listed central monitoring station will detect fire alarm signals and distribute them accordingly, according to your needs and the ULC certification of their installation. This provides assurance that it has been professionally installed, tested and maintained.
Monitoring of a Fire
Fire is one of the greatest risks a construction site faces, not only threatening property but also leading to project delays and higher insurance premiums. Therefore, monitoring fire alarms at construction sites is so critical.
Connected to ULC Fire Monitoring, when your building has a fire alarm system connected to ULC Fire Monitoring, they can notify the fire department of an imminent fire and respond swiftly – this helps avoid costly property damages and delays to projects.
As part of their certification by Underwriters Laboratories of Canada, ULC Certified fire alarm monitoring companies must comply with stringent standards set out by this organization. These specifications include mechanically protected wiring between your fire alarm panel and monitor panel; tamper-protected cabinets; and having access to a dedicated power source.