Making sure your alarm is working and in the best possible condition can save lives. However, alarms are not infallible, and sometimes they, too – begin to show wear and tear. Here are some reasons why you might need to get your fire alarm replaced.
Why You Should Replace Your Fire Alarm
The no-brainer reason right off the top is that the alarm itself has failed and is no longer working. We’ll usually discover this during inspections and it’ll need to be addressed immediately. Even if it’s defective or malfunctioning, falling out of compliance with local state and federal authorities and regulations can cost you a pretty penny. Make sure that your building is as safe as you can possibly make it or it could cost you.
The second reason is that when we do inspections, we sometimes find that certain components of an alarm aren’t working or need replacement. That OR the alarm is showing signs that it will fail in the near future. Just like components of a car, when it’s time to replace a part, it’s simply time to replace it.
The last reason to get a new alarm is if you’re doing renovations – where you’ll have to cope with new codes and standards that might make purchasing an upgrade necessary.
Most fire alarm systems last around 12-15 years depending on the make and model. Keep in mind, however – that that life span depends on your taking care of it and making sure that it’s properly installed, fixed and maintained over the years. When these things aren’t happening, your alarm could wear out sooner than expected and you might not realize that you need it replaced until it’s too late.
Why Go New?
It should go without saying that newer systems come with a whole host of advantages. Technology has taken a massive step in recent years and the effectiveness of modernized alarms has increased tenfold. In addition, the newer your system is, the less you’ll have to worry about tests, repairs, and inspections – which for a little while – will save you and your company some money. Most importantly – if a fire does break out – lives will be saved.
If you need to repair your alarm or are worried you may have to replace your system soon, then call Protegis Fire & Safety and we’ll be happy to discuss your needs.
Batteries in Fire Alarm Control Panels, Transponders, Booster (NAC) Panels, Emergency Lights, and Diesel Fire Pumps:
The backup batteries in your electronic life safety systems are engineered to allow them to perform their intended functions in the event of a power failure. Depending on the system design, they can keep your systems functional for a day (24 hours) or a weekend (60 hours). During that backup period, they should retain enough power to allow the system to sound an emergency evacuation or to light the way to safety. In the case of diesel fire pumps, the batteries, just like in your car or truck, supply the “cranking” power required to start the pump engine when called upon. We all know what happens when your car battery fails – you’re stuck!
Do you know how many and what type of batteries are in your life safety systems? How about their locations? Do you know the life expectancy of each? Are you sure that they are all correctly charged, ready, and able to perform their duty? If any of them were not or were approaching the end of their lifespan, wouldn’t you want to know before an actual emergency so that you could have them replaced to avoid even the possibility of their failure? An experienced and reliable testing and inspection services provider like Protegis Fire & Safety can be your assurance that you don’t even have to ask or answer these questions. Yearly battery testing is recommended, as an integral part of regularly-scheduled inspections of your life safety systems, to ensure the protection of your people and property against the danger of fire.
The worst time to find out that your life safety system cannot perform its designated function is during an emergency. Protegis installs, inspects, services, and monitors systems (with batteries!) at locations throughout the United States.
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Offer Parts & Repairs?
At Protegis, we back our services with an In-House Repair Lab and a huge inventory of Reconditioned Legacy Fire Alarm System Parts. This allows us to provide you with the best service possible by having the capability to keep your legacy fire alarm system up and running with minimal downtime or impact on business conditions.
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