The Benefits of Having Fire Alarm Monitoring
No matter how tough a person is, how good they are at self-defense or what they do for a living, when an emergency occurs, everyone needs help. The Centre for economics and business research carried out a study which revealed that within a period of five years, up to 5000 jobs and $1 billion gets lost to warehouse fires. It was also observed that businesses which suffered warehouse fires had slim chances of recovering, with up to 75% of them ceasing operations either immediately afterwards or within a period of three years. Therefore, the purpose for installing monitored fire alarm systems could not be made more clear-cut. The fire alarm system one chooses however, is influenced by several factors such as; budget constraints, their usage and the nature of the business. One thing you may wish to consider is whether to install a standard of monitored fire alarm system.
A major reason behind installing monitored fire alarm systems is the financial benefits derived from it. Most monitored fire alarm systems typically requiring a huge initial financial investment. A well-planned and installed fire alarm system, will in the long run provide benefits that greatly outweigh the initial financial outlay. Also, a system that is correctly planned and installed has the potential of reducing insurance costs. When making a decision regarding the kind of fire alarms to install, it is wise to consider the expected lifespan. Compared to standard fire alarm system, the monitored ones often use more advanced technology. The monitored systems have the advantage of requiring less updates due to upgrades in security and warehouse fire safety technology. Standard fire alarm systems have the disadvantage of requiring in-site human response. Despite the apparent risk of injury or death that this comes with, such a system can also lead to unnecessary staffing costs.
The off-site monitoring offered by a monitored fire alarm system is another benefit to consider. Even though a fire alarm system with off-site monitoring may lead to incurring greater ongoing costs, such costs are significantly outweighed by the benefits. Since off-site monitoring systems rely on third parties, they do not require property owners, company employees or warehouse staff to be constantly vigilant unlike systems with on-site monitoring. Off-site monitoring systems often use a network of fire alarms connected to a specialized control center, that is staffed round-the-clock. Considering that fires quite commonly occur when a given premise is not constantly being used, such constant monitoring becomes very beneficial. Both the building’s designated key holder (s) and the fire and emergency services get immediately contacted by staff at the control center, and soon as a possible fire situation is detected by the off-site monitoring system.