There’s not much you can do to protect your business from natural disasters like storms, hurricanes, etc. However, there surely is something you can do about protecting it from fire – installing a fire alarm sounder beacon. The amount of damage a fire can do to a business premises is huge, and moreover, it can cost lives. It’s necessary for every business to invest in a quality fire alarm sounder beacon not just to prevent damages and human loses, but to also be able to prevent potential fire before it has even started.

When installing a fire alarm system, it’s important to consider the size of the building you are securing. The sound needs to reach every room in your business and alarm everyone inside. To effectively do that you need to install beacons throughout the entire building and detectors on the ceiling to identify raising smoke. As a general rule, you should avoid placing a fire alarm sounder beacon near windows and doors, since these keep it from working properly. Most fire alarms come with external test buttons and the battery should be frequently checked to ensure they work. There are a few types of fire alarms that work differently, depending on their sensor.

Ionization

Ionization fire alarms contain a small amount of radioactive material that ionizes the air within the alarm which sets up electric current in the detector. When the smoke particles enter the ionization chamber, they cause disorder in the current and the alarm goes off. These alarms are often combined with carbon monoxide detectors. Some of them excel at detecting small smoke particles from the fires that start quickly – like those started by grease, paper or arsonists.

Photoelectric

Similar to ionization alarms, these use a small strobe light that remains on as long as there aren’t smoke particles detected. If a smoke particle enters the alarm, the light is diffused and the alarm goes off. These alarms are more expensive than ionization alarms, but are less likely to be tripped accidentally. They excel at detecting larger smoke particles from fires that come from electricity or clothing, bedding or upholstery.

Dual Sensor

Dual sensor alarms contain both photoelectric and ionization sensors. They’re highly efficient and have the capability to detect both small and large fire particles. Naturally, they are more expensive, but they should be your number one option for commercial areas. You can install both photoelectric and ionization alarms separately, but that will usually take more time to setup and maintain.