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Addressable Fire Alarms vs. Conventional Fire Alarms

Posted on: October 31, 2011

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your building’s fire alarm system, you’ve probably come across the terms “addressable fire alarms” and “conventional fire alarms.” You may even already know the difference between the two:

  • Conventional fire alarms are all wired to the same control panel, so if alarm goes off, they all go off
  • Addressable fire alarms give each individual device (smoke detectors, heat detectors, pull stations, etc.) its own unique address, allowing you to see exactly which device is going off at any time

So the question is, which type of fire alarm is best for your building? Learn more by scheduling a consultation with Confires today. Give us a call at 888-228-0917 or fill out the form to the right.

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Benefits of Addressable Fire Alarms

The benefits of addressable fire alarms are numerous. A panel at the entrance of your building will display exactly which devices are going off, making it easy to figure out either where there is a fire or, in the event of a false alarm, which specific device is going off.

Addressable fire alarms are invaluable for large buildings or building campuses where a single control panel may service dozens of alarm units.

Another benefit of addressable fire alarms is that they require less cabling than conventional fire alarms. All of the devices installed as part of an addressable fire alarm system connect to a single cabling loop that runs through the entire premises, making it easy to install new devices.

Benefits of Conventional Fire Alarms

Conventional fire alarms are set up in zones, with each zone hardwired into a control panel or zone expander. Different devices have to be run on different zones, e.g.  smoke detectors run on a separate zone from pull stations. That said, conventional fire alarm systems are much less expensive and require significantly less labor to install.

Addressable Fire Alarms vs. Conventional Fire Alarms—the Bottom Line

When it comes down to it, the type of fire alarm you choose to use depends on the size and layout of your building. A single retail store, small restaurant, or other similar building will likely be fine with a conventional fire alarm. For large buildings or building campuses, however, an addressable fire alarm may be essential—the information they provide to both fire alarm service companies and the local fire department (should they ever have to show up) is invaluable.

And to keep your building even better protected, the experts at Confires recommend fire alarm monitoring. With a monitored fire alarm, you have the benefit of knowing your building is under the watchful protection of a team of fire protection professionals who will notify the fire department of any developing emergencies, day or night—whether your building is occupied or not.

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Fire Protection Services in New Jersey, Delaware & Philadelphia


Confires is a leading fire protection company in New Jersey (NJ), Delaware (DE), and the Philadelphia, PA metro area. Businesses, government, and restaurants turn to us for end-to-end fire protection services because of our 30 years of experience, our 100 fire safety professionals, and our famous “customer first” reputation.

Confires provides full fire protection services including system design, sales, installation, inspections, maintenance, and repair. Click the links below to learn more about specific products and services we offer.

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Fire Alarm Systems

Protect the devices that protect you most. Confires offers fire alarm installation, inspection and testing to businesses throughout the area.

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Fire Sprinkler Systems

Confires offers fire sprinkler installation, inspection, testing, and repair to make sure your system keeps your building protected 24/7.

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Portable Fire Extinguishers

Whether you need new fire extinguishers in your building, or you need fire extinguisher inspection or repair, we have the solution.

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Commercial Kitchen Fire Suppression

Kitchen fire suppression systems keep your facility safe. At Confires, we can install, test, inspect, and repair your kitchen systems.

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Exit & Emergency

Working emergency lights are critical to helping people navigate through your building if the power goes out or if smoke is obscuring the exits.

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Special Hazard Fire Suppression

For certain applications, water is not the best method of protection. Confires offers fire suppression system installation, testing, and repair.

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Why Choose Confires?

Confires has over 30 years of experience providing complete fire protection services for businesses, organizations, government buildings, and restaurants in New Jersey, Delaware, and Philadelphia. Our number one focus is your safety—we want to make sure your employees, property, and valuables are safe from the dangers of potential fires. We take pride in our “customer first” reputation and will do whatever it takes to make sure your property and valuables are protected from fire hazards and that your building meets fire safety codes.

The best thing about partnering with Confires is that we are your single-source solution for all fire protection services. Our experienced fire safety professionals specialize in all aspects of fire protection—from commercial kitchen fire suppression and fire alarms to contained gases and sprinkler systems—we do it all!

Are you located in Delaware, New Jersey, or Philadelphia and want to learn more? Call us today to speak with one of our experienced fire safety professionals and discover why top names in business and the government consistently recommend Confires.

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