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. A study carried out by the Centre for economics and business research revealed that, over 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 purpose for installing monitored fire alarm systems could not be made more clear-cut. 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 option you may bear in mind is whether to install a monitored or standard fire alarm system.
One crucial reason that should make you consider installing a monitored fire alarm system is the financial benefits that come with 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. Insurance costs can be greatly reduced by a well-planned and installed system. The probable lifespan of the fire alarm system should be worth considering when making the decision on which system to install. Monitored fire alarm systems often use more sophisticated technology than standard systems. The monitored systems have the advantage of requiring less updates due to upgrades in security and warehouse fire safety technology. Standard fire alarm systems also need immediate in-site human supervision. 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. The benefits of a fire alarm system with off-site monitoring significantly outweigh the high ongoing costs involved. Off-site monitoring systems rely on a third party, unlike on-site monitored systems which need warehouse staff, property owners or company employees to be constantly vigilant. In off-site monitoring systems, there is a network of fire alarms interconnected with each other that are linked to a specific control center that has staff working round-the-clock. Such constant monitoring is very advantageous, since fires particularly arise when the premises in question is not being used. 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.