The Latest Fire System Updates
Helping to Keep Families and Businesses Safe
April 16, 2020
Technology makes it easier to do many things in your home and office—including staying safe. The latest fire system updates go beyond the regular alarm and extinguisher to help make fighting the fire more effective.
Fire System Updates for Businesses
With a larger facility to cover, more people to protect and expensive equipment to safeguard, businesses need to keep fire systems up-to-date and running efficiently. Here are a few options.
Water mist fire system. Similar to current sprinkler systems, these are installed in the ceiling to douse a fire with water. Instead of large droplets, a fine mist smothers the fire. Mist covers a larger surface and converts to steam faster. Steam absorbs heat from the fire, helping to quickly lower the temperature. Mist also helps to decrease any significant water damage.
Voice evacuation system. All companies should have a fire safety plan in place and share it with all staff. However, even though a drill may go well, there could be chaos if a real emergency arises. This is where a voice evacuation system comes in handy. Customize pre-recorded instructions to a certain location and remind occupants of where to go and what to do.
Video smoke detection. A business may have surveillance cameras installed, but what about smoke cameras? There’s a technology that detects where smoke and flames begin, helping to pinpoint the cause of a fire. Once detected, an alarm is signaled. Every detail, including brightness, motion, and smoke color is assessed. These cameras can cover large areas, making them valuable additions to warehouses, oil fields, and mines.
Fire Alarms for Homeowners
Even though a home may not require a large scale fire system like an office or warehouse, keeping a family safe with an updated alarm and extinguisher is just as important. Here are some family-friendly options.
Sound wave fire extinguisher. Instead of using water and chemicals to put a fire out, it’s been discovered sound waves can help separate burning fuel from oxygen. Without oxygen, a fire dies out. This method is best used in small areas and is being tested with drones to help combat larger fires.
Personalized alarms. There are some unfortunate cases where people have slept through a fire alarm or ignored it, thinking it may just be a drill. This is where adding a familiar voice can help. Program fire alarms with voice messages to remind those in the house what to do. Other systems already have both voice and alarm signals to get everyone’s attention.
Smart home alarms. There are different products on the market that can sync with current smart home apps and devices. Features include carbon monoxide detection, extreme temperature changes, and air quality control. Set in-house monitors to send text notifications as well as alert authorities.
Stay up-to-date on advances in safety technology that can help keep your family and business safe. Always make sure the devices you use are in proper working order by testing often and updating when needed.