This time on the Titan Alarm blog we wanted to pivot to another of our crucial services here. Last month we focused a lot on security, looking at the different kinds of surveillance cameras and alarm systems available for a home. Today we similarly wanted to look at the residential side of things but instead look at the fire protection services we offer, answering a few questions and just laying it out simply.
The truth of the matter is protecting your home from burglars and other security threats is huge, but protecting your home from disasters like fires is just as important, if not more so. Unlike burglars, fires don’t pick and choose what windows they break and valuables they steal – left unchecked they destroy everything in their path.
Home Fire Alarm Systems
Everyone remembers their days of fire drills in school – the big red bells on the walls of the school ringing sending everyone running – wait, no walking calmly out to the designated safety areas. Fire alarms for your home don’t have to have the same bright red but they’ll do the same job – immediately alert you to a fire so you can get to a safe distance and call for help. Here’s some more info on the three types of home fire alarm systems.
Fire alarm systems can be broken down into three basic categories:
Traditional (or conventional) alarm systems have been around. They are still used in homes and smaller business facilities. These work by dividing a building into zones, with each zone getting a detection component. They are all hard-wired into a control panel. Traditional systems are common, but their biggest problem is their inability to indicate which piece of the detection system is triggering the alarm, making detecting the fire’s precise location more difficult than it needs to be.
These systems are an upgrade from the standard fire alarm systems because they allow for individual detection and identification. This lets the control panel display the exact location of the fire, making it fast and easy to target the fire’s origin before it gets any further.
Wireless systems are what they say on the tin. Wireless systems operate using battery power, removing the need for wires to connect them to the control panel. This allows for more flexibility and versatility in the installation and design of these systems. That versatility does come at a price of course, as wireless systems are typically the most expensive type of home fire alarm system.
Each of these systems can be used in homes or commercial properties.
Home Fire Sprinklers
Fire sprinkler systems aren’t as common for homes but they are still available! Here are the different types of fire sprinklers out there.
The most common type of fire sprinkler system is the wet pipe. These will have a constant supply of water in the pipes and the sprinkler heads, allowing for rapid use of the water when a fire is detected. When the pipe leading to the sprinkler has water in it, that’s a wet pipe.
Dry pipe systems don’t store the water in the pipe waiting for a fire. Instead, the pipes are filled with pressurized air and a special control valve holds the water flow back. When the fire alarm/detection system detects a fire the sprinkler head automatically opens, the pressurized air in the pipe then releases and opens the valve allowing the water to flow out and into the sprinkler. Dry pipes are more likely to be used where there is a concern for potential freezing in the pipes.
A pre-action sprinkler is designed to prevent any accidental water discharge or leakage. The pipes are filled with air, like a dry pipe system, and it relies on two sensors to be triggered before water flows. This extra precaution is a great option for buildings or residences with sensitive or high-value materials.
When a fire starts and you need it to stop now, you go for a deluge system. Deluge systems are designed to immediately release a ton of water right on to a fire, putting it out fast. This is necessary when a building such as a warehouse or manufacturing facility is filled with flammable liquids or other chemicals.
At the bare minimum, you need to have smoke detectors in your home. Not sure where or how to install those? Come back next time and we’ll give you the rundown on how to install smoke detectors for maximum effect!
Don’t need home fire systems? Need business security systems instead? You’re in luck! Titan Alarm does it all! Give Titan Alarm a call today and get a free estimate!