Types of Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

If you are looking for a new fire protection system for a commercial building in Singapore, you need to consider the features you want to use in the system and the safety requirements of the building itself. Finally, you also need to check with the fire safety regulation in Singapore, called the fire safety act, that the building must follow.

Considerations included in the fire safety act include the common fire hazards, obstruction in the fire fighting and safety systems, obstructions in the passageways, illegal additions and alterations in the building, and poor maintenance or removal of the fire protection system.

With those factors in mind, it will be easy to choose which type of fire alarm systems will go with your overall fire protection system.

1. Manual Fire Alarms
The manual fire protection system in Singapore has designated pull stations within the building to allow the occupants to pull the leveler and start the fire alarm systems. You will often see this in most multi-story buildings in Singapore and are sometimes also installed to augment the automatic fire protection system. It can also be used for other emergency situations besides possible fires such as security threats and earthquakes because the occupants can start the alarm manually. Some of these pull stations also have fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems.

Larger buildings can even opt for a hybrid fire protection system that combines both manual and automatic fire alarm systems to fill in the gaps of both choices. The system can be combined and monitored in a single central unit, allowing the security staff to switch between two systems easily.

2. Automatic Fire Alarms
Automatic fire alarms will be able to detect smoke and heat in the building without manual supervision and send alerts. This fire protection system is common in smaller buildings because several detectors can be placed in measured or designated zones. The fire protection system will be able to pinpoint the possible source of fire by indicating which area or zone is indicated by the alarm.

The fire alarm systems will help isolate the affected area quickly and possibly stop the spread of fire, however, for a large building in Singapore, an analogue or addressable fire protection system may be more suitable than the conventional fire alarm systems already described. This type of automatic fire protection system is wired in a central office or unit that will display the specific location of the possible source of the alarm, thereby reducing instances of false fire alarms. It can be switched to manual and has a more sophisticated monitoring setup.