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Fire accidents have the capability of bringing down investments that have taken many years to build. This is why traders and businesses continue to invest in a reliable fire alarm system in Kenya. Whether at a retail shop outlet or in a mega shopping complex, fire safety and preparedness are important across the board.

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The fire suppression systems in Kenya have the ability to detect smoke and fire outbreaks. It is important to install fire systems as a precautionary measure. Furthermore, it is a regulatory requirement for building contractors to have in place smoke and fire detectors strategically installed within buildings.

To begin with, fire extinguishers can do a great job during fire emergencies. Additionally, it is important to have fire assembly points designated for use during emergencies. At the time of construction, making provisions for emergency exits is a must-have. These fire safety guidelines apply to both residential and commercial buildings. Fire alert and evacuation procedures are for industrial areas.

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In commercial industries, where fire outbreaks have the potential to bring about devastating effects, fire drills are supposed to be conducted regularly. At least two employees per organization should be trained in fire safety skills. The trained will be designated as the official company fire marshals. Basic skills such as using a fire extinguisher, how to break glass, fire evacuation procedures are essential.

The key components of the system

Fire Alarm system

The fire control panel is the nerve center of the alarm system. The panel coordinates the input and output of signals from peripheral devices such as the smoke detectors. So, in the event of a fire emergency, the smoke detectors will send the signal to the control panel. The fire alarm panel will send a signal to the siren or the fire sounder. There are those buildings equipped with advanced voice evacuation systems. The alarm panel sends a signal to the public address system which alerts all offices within the building of an impending fire emergency.

The power supply unit is the source of electricity for powering up the entire alarm system. The power supply is integrated with backup systems so that the alarm system can still work even if there is a power blackout. It is important to note that, these power supply units are not shareable. Therefore, CCTV cameras will use a different power supply unit. Likewise, the electric fence installation will be wired to its own power supply unit. Also, the burglar alarm system has its own power supply. Nonetheless, we still offer different sources for clean energy such as solar power instead of a backup generator.

Complete installation and commissioning of a fire detection system is a good gesture towards fire preparedness but not an end in itself. There needs to be scheduled regular servicing of the fire system. Regular servicing will help in rectifying errors such as false alarms, power supply issues, or faulty wiring. It is also important to be certain that the heat detectors, break glass, and smoke detectors are all in sync with the fire alarm panel.

Why you should install a Fire Alarm System

Why is it important to install a fire alarm system at home or on office premises? There are so many benefits that come with installing a good fire alarms system. To begin with, the fire system usually acts as an early warning system. Thus, the precious lives of loved ones have been saved by fire detection systems. There is no better value from a system than saving lives and ensuring everybody lives in a safe secure building. Secondly, when the warning is passed to the fire response unit early enough, whatever property that could otherwise be lost would easily be salvaged. In fact, fire systems ensure that property and investments are not damaged or destroyed by fire.

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So you might want to know, what is the fire system. In summary, a fire alarm system is an automated system that detects and alerts people of fire. The system consists of an alarm panel, smoke detectors, heat detector devices, and break glass/ manual call point. The fire detection system control panel will coordinate all the fire detection devices and other fire components.

The fire system is designed in such a way that the sounder system can be triggered in three ways only. For one, the smoke detectors will send a signal to trigger a fire alarm in the event that there is smoke within the building an absolute indicator that there is a danger from fire. Secondly, the heat detectors can send a trigger signal to the fire alarm panel which in turn will set off the fire sounder. Lastly, the fire alarm system can be set off manually when a fire marshal breaks the glass.

The Fire System installation

A lot of the time, the building structure will determine the setup of the fire alarm system installation. This was true with the conventional fire system. The maxim still holds true for the addressable fire panel system. Upon complete installation, building users will predominantly rely on the alarm sounder to warn them of fire break out and the need to evacuate the building. Essentially, there will be gadgets for detecting fire. The gadgets include smoke detector devices, heat detectors, and break glass.

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All these devices automatically trigger the alarm sounder except for the break-glass device (the manual call point). As the name suggests, the fire alarm champion or security officer has to literally break glass to warn people of fire break out. Usually, alarm sounders are installed at a strategy where they can be heard by almost everyone who resides or works at the building.

The Siren

The work of the sounder warns people in a building of impending fire danger. The resident will be expected to designate fire exit points as they are evacuated to a place of safety. Essentially, everybody will be expected to gather at the fire assembly point and wait for instructions from the fire marshals.

When the fire brigade is alerted, they will assist in putting out the fire as well as perform rescues and evacuations. The wiring of the fire detector devices normally is based on zone. So, in case of any incident, the panel will relay information stating the exact zone affected. However, addressable fire alarm systems, the affected areas are pinpointed and not just the entire zone. This kind of precision is essential in shortening the turnaround time between when an incident being reported and the response.

ORACO Kenya is an authorized installer of fire alarm systems in Kenya. We are the stockist of fire equipment ranging from fire extinguishers, fire alarm panels, to smoke detectors in Kenya. For more information about fire safety, preparedness, and fire evacuation procedures, contact us here.

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