When an emergency occurs, everyone needs help regardless of what they do for a living, how tough they are, or how good they are self-defense skills are. 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. Hence, the case for installing monitored fire alarm systems could not be made any clearer. Which fire alarm system gets chosen however, is greatly influenced by a number of reasons such as; the system’s usage, budget constraints, and the nature of the premises. 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. Most monitored fire alarm systems typically requiring a huge initial financial investment. The benefits to be derived in the long term however, eventually offset the great initial financial outlay. Also, a system that is correctly planned and installed has the potential of reducing insurance costs. When making the decision on which fire alarm system to install, it is important to consider it’ s expected lifespan. Monitored fire alarm systems often use more sophisticated technology than standard systems. Monitored fire alarm systems therefore, don’t need to be updated often due to advancements in security and warehouse fire safety technology. Another drawback of standard fire alarm systems is the need for immediate in-site human response. Besides the obvious risk of injury or death posed by such a system, it also bears the disadvantage of unnecessary staffing costs.
Another crucial reason to install a monitored fire alarm system, is the off-site monitoring that comes with it. The benefits of a fire alarm system with off-site monitoring significantly outweigh the high ongoing costs involved. 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. Considering that fires quite commonly occur when a given premise is not constantly being used, such constant monitoring becomes very beneficial. Both the building’s designated key holder (s) and the fire and emergency services get immediately contacted by staff at the control center, and soon as a possible fire situation is detected by the off-site monitoring system.