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. It was also observed that businesses which suffered warehouse fires had slim chances of recovering, with up to 75% of them ceasing operations either immediately afterwards or within a period of three years. Hence, the case for installing monitored fire alarm systems 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 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. Most monitored fire alarm systems typically requiring a huge initial financial investment. A well-planned and installed fire alarm system, will in the long run provide benefits that greatly outweigh the initial financial outlay. Insurance costs can be greatly reduced by a well-planned and installed system. When making a decision regarding the kind of fire alarms to install, it is wise to consider the expected lifespan. In comparison to standard fire alarm system, the monitored fire alarms tend to use more advanced technology. Therefore, the monitored systems may need less updates due to advancements in warehouse fire safety and security technology. Standard fire alarm systems also need immediate in-site human supervision. Despite the apparent risk of injury or death that this comes with, such a system can also lead to unnecessary 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. 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. 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 beneficial, considering that most fires are quite common in premises that are 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.