One of the most valuable safety components of any business are alarm sirens. Whether we’re talking about fire alarms, intruder alarms or any other safety hazard alarms, protecting the property and inventory of your business is required by law. By necessity, no two systems are the same, each one of them is custom-installed and tailored with specific business processes in mind. For instance, a system made for a lodge will be vastly different than the one intended for a warehouse. The focus on the special circumstances is what differentiates these systems from the basic smoke alarms that are sold in hardware stores.

Commercial sites and large buildings that support multiple structures, like office complex or a retail strip mall, require extensive planning before fire alarms are installed to ensure the system meets all local fire codes and to ensure the system performs as expected. Regardless of your business, the fire alarm must be spread throughout your facility with components like alarm sirens, lights and detectors placed on a specific range of meters.

Their placement is determined by the measurements of the room, measured in the length of corridor or meters. Quantity is determined by the luminosity of the lights. The equipment used in the room and the function of the room further dictate the placement of the fire detection devices.

Modern systems are usually interconnected, alerting security personnel and business owners to danger and effectively directing fire crews. When the alarm is triggered, there are a few different methods for notifying the people inside the building of danger.

The most effective level of alert is provided by sirens, although they’re usually exclusively related to emergency notification. Generally, sirens are often mounted to the exteriors of buildings or used in loud environments like machine shops or facilities that run noisy machinery. They’re usually powered by either an electronic core or a motor-driven core.

Next, there are the alarm bells, which are designed for areas where they can be clearly distinguished from similar sounds. Schools, for instance, wouldn’t use this type of alarm as it would be too similar to the bells that signal a change in classes.

And lastly, horns. These are more common than bells, and they provide a louder and more distinct style of alert. They’re found in pretty much every industrial facility and office building. Horns can be seen in a variety of sizes and shapes, including flush-mounted, surface-mounted, trumpet style and semi-flush mounted. Typically, they’re red in colour and provide notification either through an electronic signal or continuous vibration.