24 Jul Horns and Strobe Lights
Fire alarms are designed to save lives and protect property. They are used in homes and businesses around the world. An alarm is an integral part of any fire protection system because it is the first line of defense for the occupants.
Bells Were Ringing
The 1980’s brought into focus the need for loud fire alarms. These were known throughout the fire safety industry as eighties bells. This method often had to be triggered manually and had limitations.
Technology has changed fire alarms for the better. The electronic systems of today allow for a larger alert area. The integrated alarms include:
- Electronic horns
- Full building warnings
- Strobe lights
Strobe lights have become the standard because of their visibility. It was apparent that bells alone were not enough. There also needed to be a visual notification of a fire to help the hearing impaired. It is a way to get everyone’s attention quickly.
A smoke filled environment makes sight difficult. It is important for people to be able to see during an emergency. Today’s lenses are clear, allowing for a crisper light dispersion.
Meeting Code Requirements
Fire alarms must meet certain requirements that are designated by regulatory codes. The NTPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code provides rules for:
Horns must meet a certain decibel rating to meet code. There are several factors that must be considered such as square footage of the building, construction materials, type of doors, and the number of floors. The installer needs to know all this information before finalizing the placement and programming.
The certified team of professionals at JSC Systems knows the codes for the area. Their job is to make sure that the building meets all requirements and to provide the protection that is needed. They test and maintain fire alarm systems to meet NFPA certification requirements. JSC Systems specializes in state-of-the-art technological advancements that are designed to keep people safe. Read more at http://www.jscsystems.net/services/fire-alarm/ to see their wide array of services and products.