Regardless of how tough someone is, what they do for a living or how good they are self-defense skills are, everyone requires help when an emergency occurs. The Centre for economics and business research carried out a study which revealed that within a period of five years, up to 5000 jobs and $1 billion gets lost to warehouse fires. Statistics suggest that approximately 75% of businesses that have suffered warehouse fires have very slim chances of recovering, since they either cease operation immediately or after three years. Therefore, the reasons for installing a monitored fire alarm system could not be made any clearer. The fire alarm system one chooses however, is influenced by several factors such as; budget constraints, their usage and the nature of the business. One thing you may wish to consider is whether to install a standard of monitored fire alarm system.
A major reason behind installing monitored fire alarm systems is the financial benefits derived from it. The initial financial outlay necessitated by most monitored fire alarm systems is usually great. Despite the hefty initial financial outlay, the benefits of a correctly planned and installed system will eventually offset such costs. Additionally, a well installed and planned system can reduce insurance costs. The probable lifespan of the fire alarm system should be worth considering when making the decision on which system to install. In comparison to standard fire alarm system, the monitored fire alarms tend to use more advanced technology. Monitored fire alarm systems therefore, don’t need to be updated often due to advancements in security and warehouse fire safety technology. Standard fire alarm systems have the disadvantage of requiring in-site human response. In addition to the crystal clear risk of injury or death posed by such a system, it may also lead to avoidable staffing costs.
Another crucial reason to install a monitored fire alarm system, is the off-site monitoring that comes with it. Even though a fire alarm system with off-site monitoring may lead to incurring greater ongoing costs, such costs are significantly outweighed by the benefits. Since off-site monitoring systems rely on third parties, they do not require property owners, company employees or warehouse staff to be constantly vigilant unlike systems with on-site monitoring. Off-site monitoring systems often use a network of fire alarms connected to a specialized control center, that is staffed round-the-clock. Such constant monitoring is very advantageous, since fires particularly arise when the premises in question is not being used. Upon detection of a possible fire situation by the off-site monitoring system, staff at the specialized center quickly inform both the buildings designated key holder and the fire and emergency services.