Fire detection systems are designed to discover fires early in their development when time will still be available for the safe evacuation of occupants. Early detection also plays a significant role in protecting the safety of emergency response personnel. Property loss can be reduced and downtime for the operation minimized through early detection because control efforts are started while the fire is still small. Most alarm systems provide information to emergency responders on the location of the fire, speeding the process of fire control.

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We’re often asked when to use smoke detectors and when to use heat detectors. Both types of detectors can detect a fire, but these products are actually designed to serve different needs:

Heat detectors are intended to minimize property damage by reacting to the change in temperature caused by a fire.

Smoke detectors are intended to protect people and property by generating an alarm earlier in the development of a fire. People need time to react, and every second is critical during an actual fire event.

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Before you decide to replace an antiquated fire alarm you should be aware of the different types of fire alarm systems that are on the market.  The two main types of fire alarm systems are conventional and addressable and the various components that make up the system are either automatic or manual. The following will provide you with information that should help you get started in deciding what type of fire alarm system would work best in your facility.

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