What is the Difference Between Fire Alarms & Smoke Detectors
As per local laws and building regulations, most commercial and residential buildings must have installed smoke detectors and fire protection systems. These requirements are created to help maximize time for evacuation in the case of a fire. However, despite smoke alarms being mandated for buildings throughout the Toronto area, many fire safety and security professionals also recommend installing advanced fire alarms as part of your residential or commercial security system in Toronto.
What Are Smoke Alarms?
While it may seem sufficient for fire protection, smoke alarms do not offer the same level of protection as monitored fire alarms. Smoke alarms are usually used in homes and smaller buildings to detect small particles of smoke, in which case they will sound an alarm. When occupants of a building hear this alarm, it will trigger them to leave and call 911 to start an emergency response. While this may be effective in smaller buildings and homes where everyone can hear the alarm, it leaves a lot to chance. If residents are asleep, listening to loud music, or have a hard time fleeing the property or away, it can make emergency response more difficult, leaving lives and property in danger.
Advanced Fire Alarms
Fire alarms are a more robust feature that can be integrated with your existing alarm system in Toronto. When triggered by high levels of heat or smoke, advanced fire alarms will sound on the affected property while also alerting smart (phone or tablet) devices and monitoring stations. When your fire alarm is activated, it will go directly to connected smart devices, increasing the chance of receiving and acknowledging a fire alert. The notification of a fire will also be sent to the alarm monitoring station, where emergency responses are issued immediately. So, even if you are away from your property, you can be confident that firefighters and ambulances will be dispatched promptly, increasing the chances of lives being saved and reducing the amount of property damage.
To learn more about optimizing your defense against fires and upgrading your commercial security system in Toronto, contact the experienced specialists at Engineered Alarm Solutions.