Wireless fire alarm systems are gaining popularity as a preferred option over traditional wired fire alarm systems. In this article, we will explore the differences between these two types of fire alarm systems and consider their service quality, false alarm likelihood, and emergency reliability to help you make an informed decision for your application.
Wireless Fire Alarm Systems:
A wireless fire alarm system operates without physical wires, using wireless technology and radio frequency waves to transmit data between devices and the control panel. This cable-free approach is especially advantageous for heritage or protected buildings, as it preserves their integrity and aesthetics without unsightly cabling. Wireless installations are suitable for larger commercial buildings such as schools, universities, offices, hospitals, and warehouses, offering flexibility and ease of expansion when the building’s layout changes.
Wired Fire Alarm Systems:
Wired fire alarm systems use cables and wires to establish connections between devices and the control panel. While the technology itself is cost-effective, the labour-intensive installation process may increase the initial investment cost. These systems are ideal for new builds, though they can be challenging to expand or modify after installation.
False fire alarm activation
Preventing false fire alarm activations begins by ensuring that all systems and equipment is regularly inspected and maintained.
If the fire alarm system is regularly maintained then in theory, the rate of false fire alarm activations will be minimised.
In conclusion, there are no specific regulations dictating whether commercial fire alarms should be wired or wireless. The decision is usually based on practical considerations, budget constraints, and ease of installation access. If you need further advice on selecting the appropriate system for your commercial building, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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