Fire Safety Systems, What Are They?


Fire Safety Systems, What Are They?

Fire safety systems are devices that detect, signal and suppress fires. By providing early warning signs of a fire, you are able to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your property. A fire alarm company such as OHEAP is able to provide you with a fire alarm system and all the information you need.

A collection of integrated components able to detect and warn people when there’s a fire in a building. The main components of an integrated fire safety system are the fire alarm control panel, manual call point stations, smoke detectors, heat detectors, strobes, speaker strobes and sprinklers. Different buildings require different fire safety systems, especially if you are equipping older, more fragile building work.

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Integrated Components of Fire Safety Systems

A fire safety system is a collection of components integrated together. These components can detect, warn and suppress fire in a building. Smoke detectors, heat detectors, and other devices can alert occupants of the building to the existence of smoke or heat. Once alerted, fire doors will slow the spread of the fire and fire exits will provide the quickest outside access.

Fire Alarm Systems

When it comes to fire safety systems, there are two main types. Conventional and addressable. Both of these systems have their pros and cons. However, when you’re investing in a new system it’s important to know which one will be best for your business. While conventional fire safety systems are also known as “hardwired” systems, they differ from addressable solutions in several key ways.

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Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

A fire alarm company may recommend an addressable system which utilises intelligent addressable devices. Addressable means the device is able to “talk” to the panel and report its status. As you might have guessed, this allows for more flexibility than a conventional system.

Similar to a conventional system, addressable will include advanced features. A fire alarm systems company, such as OHEAP, will recommend addressable systems where possible. They are capable of pinpointing the location of the fire making them the safer option. Each device has its own address, A1, B2, C3 etc. As opposed to being numbered sequentially like in conventional systems.

Labels are attached to devices electronically so that when a fire is detected the alarm panel will know which device has been activated. This is also useful for detecting system faults. When you install devices on your network it’s easy to identify which one may be causing problems.

You can also use this feature to assign devices such as smoke and heat detectors with specific addresses. They can then be easily distinguished from each other while still using one control panel.


  • Flexible wiring.
  • Reduced installation cost.
  • Pinpoint the location of a fire.
  • Early detection of a fire.
  • Increased reliability.
  • Easier maintenance.
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Conventional Fire Alarm Systems

Conventional fire safety systems are also known as “hardwired” systems. This means that the fire alarm panel is hard-wired to each of the smoke detectors in your building. When one detector goes off, it sends an electrical signal to the panel. The panel will then send out notifications and alerts using flashing lights, loud speakers and strobe lights.

Conventional fire alarm company systems are very popular with smaller buildings looking to save on expense. They use a variety of devices that can be interlinked to provide a networked, multi-zone solution. This enables them to provide protection for many different types of buildings and premises such as offices, schools and hotels.


  • Low cost systems
  • Simple to use
  • Ideal for small buildings

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