Before you install a new fire alarm system inside your company's building, you want to consider a few additional items. In many cases, these items make the system more effective at protecting both your employees and your building from additional fire damage. 

Self-Closing Doors

If a fire occurs inside a long hallway with multiple doors, you want to block its path. The problem you encounter is trying to accomplish this task without putting people at risk. For this reason, you should look into self-closing doors.

With these models, if a fire should occur, the alarm sends a signal to the door, which causes it to close. Additionally, the lock will engage to help hold the door closed. The idea is to block the path of the fire to keep it from spreading into other rooms.

These doors do have an additional safety feature, so you do not have to worry about the doors locking people into one portion of the building. Most models have release bars that allow the door to open when a person pushes on the bar. Once the person releases the door, it will reclose and the lock will reengage until the system is turned off.

Signaling Devices

The devices you use for signaling a potential problem is another area you want to enhance if possible. With older alarms, a loud bell goes off at one location inside the building the alert people that there is a problem. However, there is a problem with a localized alarm, which is why you need different types of signaling devices throughout your building.

For a large building, it is important to be able to hear the alarm in each room, which means you need multiple devices. This is especially important if there is any type of loud equipment that could drown out the sound if the alarm.

You should also use signal devices that utilize strobe lights as well. Since some people in your building may be hard of hearing or deaf, you want to make sure they are aware of any potential problem. By having signal devices that use lights and sound, you have the best chance of letting everyone in the building know when a fire happens.

When you are planning to install a new fire alarm system, you should consider the different items you can add to the system. It is best to consult a fire alarm company to find out what items they would recommend for your location. With the company's help, you will be able to install a system that will help keep everyone safe should a fire occur.