If you have a fire alarm or sprinkler system in your facility, you might feel like you are fully protected. However, there is one more important step to take. You must make sure that these important systems are monitored by an Underwriters Laboratory (U.L.) listed Central Station. Having 7×24 monitoring will not only give you peace of mind, but could save your life, and the lives of others, and prevent extensive property damage.
A fire alarm monitoring system allows for immediate response by your local fire department through a central station that notifies the fire department when a fire is detected. Monitoring equipment is connected to a fire alarm system that transmits information using telephone lines, cellular lines, or radio signals. This negates the need to call for help yourself, which will save precious time when a quick response is necessary, and you need to exit the building (of course, if you are able to do so, always call the fire department). This is also important during off-hours when the building may not be occupied.
Fire alarm monitoring systems add an important human element. At a central station, teams of agents monitor computer screens for alarms, trouble conditions, and other “off-normal” signals. Monitoring your alarm system ensures response to a fire that starts even when there is nobody present to report it. When a central station receives a system alarm or waterflow report, they will alert the local fire department, then contact the owner’s representative. This will make a huge difference if a fire starts if the building is unoccupied. They will contact building management personnel first for other system faults or conditions. They will want to know if the situation requires dispatch and will ask a few questions to get an understanding of the emergency. If you do not respond, they can be instructed to alert the fire department or service provider, such as Fireline.
The destructive nature of a fire grows exponentially every second it goes unchecked. An alarm monitoring system can make all the difference in how much damage a fire causes. There are a lot of critical and important items in buildings—human lives, business records, manufacturing equipment, and costly inventories that will be expensive or impossible to replace. A fire that isn’t extinguished in a timely manner can have devastating consequences. A monitoring system can ensure a fast response and the best possible outcome.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.