Many discussions involving various types of alarm systems in businesses tend to focus more on security these days. Despite the fact that it’s true that there are very real threats to businesses such as burglaries, employee theft, and more, perhaps the biggest threat to both property and life is that of fire. By ensuring that you have a functional fire alarm system installed, you will be working to make sure that all of your employees are safe at all times. Even more important is the fact that there are many cities across the country that require the installation of a fire alarm system in all commercial properties.
While more traditional types of fire alarm systems are common, there is always all kinds of room for improvements to be made. Through the years, the introduction of the voice evacuation fire alarm system has risen in popularity. Generally defined, this is a system that functions similarly to a more traditional fire alarm system, yet has a few notable exceptions, such as annunciating the actual danger notification through speakers, such as fire, smoke, etc. Furthermore, certain commands are provided to evacuees in certain emergency situations.
Here are three reasons to consider installing a voice evacuation fire alarm system in your business.
*First and foremost, perhaps one of the best reasons to consider installing a voice evacuation fire alarm system in your business is that a more standard system doesn’t necessarily cover all of your bases. It’s important to note that all businesses carry their own special risks, such as a business that deals in either combustible fuels or volatile chemicals mean that having a voice evacuation fire alarm system installed would be much more useful in the event that an accident was to occur, as building occupants could be verbally notified of a chemical leak taking place, thereby allowing them to utilize the appropriate evacuation procedure as a result.
*Another great reason to consider installing a voice evacuation fire alarm system in your business involves the fact that both fire drills and false alarms have ended up decreasing the overall urgency of the alarm system that you currently have installed. When it comes to an emergency situation, the last thing that you want to have happened is for employees to waste valuable time determining whether or not an actual threat is real. With this type of alarm system, you will be able to have a more authoritative voice notify everyone that the threat is indeed real and should be taken seriously, thereby allowing for a more efficient method to instill urgency to those who are within earshot of the alarm.
*One other useful reason to consider installing a voice evacuation fire alarm system in your business is the fact that they are highly recommended according to current fire code. More specifically, according to the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, a voice evacuation fire alarm system is recommended in all assembly occupancies that have more than 300 occupants, as well as theaters that have more than one audience viewing room. Furthermore, these types of alarm systems are actually required to be installed in at least some states. For instance, in the state of Michigan, the International/Michigan Building Code mandates that these alarms are required to be installed in every new assembly occupancy with occupants loads of over 1,000 people, as well as all educational occupancies with an occupant load of more than 100 people, and all high-rise occupancies.
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