Fire detection systems are used to detect and alert occupants in the event of a fire-related emergency. These fire systems typically use a combination of heat, ionisation smoke, optical smoke and carbon monoxide detection methods.
The most secure, efficient fire detection system will use several of these types of detectors in conjunction with each other. Each detector is linked either by wires or wirelessly with all other detectors, break glasses and sounding devices in the system. This means that should one detector detect a fire, the message is relayed to all of the other connected devices.
These types of fire detection system are mains-powered but incorporate a battery backup for when the main power supply fails.
When all alarms and sounders are activated in a fire detection system, it gives the occupants of the premises more time to escape before the exits are blocked or damaged by the fire. Singular alarms will only alert the immediate area rather than the surrounding premises that may also be/become compromised.
Fire deaths have been significantly reduced in recent years through the development of better fire detection systems. As a result, response times have also increased and nuisance activations have been lowered. Advancements in fire detection technology mean that modern detectors are safer than ever before.