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The Difference Between Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarms

Posted on: June 9, 2017

Alarm systems are an integral part of any fire protection plan. Different types of fire alarms address different needs in a commercial setting. The two primary types of fire alarms are addressable and conventional systems. It is important to know the difference between the two so that you can choose the best style system for your New Jersey, Delaware, or Philadelphia business.

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How Are Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarms Different?

The key distinction between conventional and addressable fire alarms is the scale they each serve. Conventional alarms serve smaller spaces and go off individually when they detect smoke or heat. They are relatively inexpensive and are easy to install. Addressable fire alarms are built for large building complexes or campuses. They can be custom-programmed to go off at different thresholds and come with a panel to show the precise zone or alarm that is activated. Addressable alarms are more expensive and more complicated to install, but provide valuable information to building managers and firefighters.

Who Should Install Conventional Fire Alarms?

Conventional fire alarms are best suited to small buildings like individual offices or retail shops. They can be set up in zones that are individually hardwired to a zone expander or control panel. If you are looking for a less expensive alarm with a straight-forward set-up, conventional fire alarms are the best fit for you.

Who Should Install Addressable Fire Alarms?

If you work in a large commercial building or on a campus, addressable fire alarms are a great choice. They make it easy to know exactly which device is going off where, so even if it is a false alarm, you know which specific device needs to be addressed.

Addressable alarms also require less cabling than their conventional counterparts. These alarms can be installed as part of a system so that they all connect to a single cabling loop that runs throughout the entire building or campus. This also simplifies the process of adding new devices to the system.

Fire Alarm Installation in NJ, DE & PA

Having a working fire alarm system installed in your building saves lives. If you want to ensure the safety of your New Jersey, Delaware, or Philadelphia building, coworkers, and employees by having a fire alarm system inspection, call Confires Fire Protection today!

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