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Posted on April 26, 2011

Where Should You Install Your Fire Alarms?

Many people think that fire alarm installation involves throwing a fire alarm up on any wall and putting batteries in it. But there’s much more to it than that! The actual location of your fire alarm plays a major role in keeping your building and its occupants protected from fires. Not only can installing your Houston fire alarm in the right place increase your level of protection, but it can also reduce the chance of frustrating false alarms!

Where to Install a Fire Alarm in the Office

Fire alarms should be installed in or outside all accessible areas, including rooms, storage areas, basements, attics, lofts and HVAC ducts (there are special duct detectors that won’t false alarm in the ducts). Basically, you want to make sure your fire alarm system offers total coverage to every area of your office.

For maximum protection:

  • Install fire alarms in any stairways – stairways act like chimneys for smoke and heat
  • Install at least one fire alarm on every level
  • Install a fire alarm in every room where electrical appliances are used
  • Install fire alarms in the center of the ceiling where they can be closest to all sides of the room

Where NOT to Install a Fire Alarm in the Office

Knowing where not to install a fire alarm in your office is almost as important as knowing where to install one – while installing one in the wrong spot probably won’t hurt you, it could lead to many false alarms and can generally be a huge nuisance. Make sure you don’t install your fire alarm in:

Dusty or dirty areas – most fire alarms go off when they sense smoke particles in the air – unfortunately, they can’t tell the difference between smoke and regular dust! If you install your fire alarm in an excessively dusty area, it can lead to repeated false alarms as dust particles interfere with the photoelectric sensors.

Near air vents – along those same lines, you should avoid installing fire alarms near air vents. As the air moves through the vents, any particulates floating around could trip the alarm’s sensors and cause a false alarm.

Wet or humid areas – if you can, avoid installing your fire alarm in wet or excessively humid areas, such as next to bathrooms with showers. This is particularly true with smoke alarms, which might think the moisture and steam from the shower are smoke and will false alarm.

Near ash trays – while smoking indoors is becoming less and less common, some buildings still have ash trays inside, particularly near elevator lobbies. If this is the case in your building, avoid installing your fire alarm near the ash tray – smoke could rise up from still-burning cigarettes and cause the fire alarm to go off.

Excessively hot or cold environments – be sure that the temperature in the room where you install your fire alarm is within the fire alarm’s operating range (about -4 to 158 F). If the room is any hotter or colder than that the fire alarm’s internal components may not function properly.

Installing a fire alarm is critical if you want to keep your employees and property safe from fire, but more important is knowing where to install your fire alarm so it offers you the best protection. If you want to install a fire alarm in Houston, Texas, call Kauffman Co today!

We provide estimates for new and replacement fire protection systems throughout Texas (TX) in:

  • Alvin
  • Angleton
  • Austin
  • Baytown
  • Beaumont
  • Bellaire
  • Clute
  • Conroe
  • Deer Park
  • Dickinson
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  • Galveston
  • Houston
  • Humble
  • Huntsville
  • Jacinto City
  • Katy
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  • La Porte
  • Lake Charles, LA
  • Lake Jackson
  • League City
  • Missouri City
  • Orange
  • Pasadena
  • Pearland
  • Port Arthur
  • Richmond
  • Rosenberg
  • San Antonio
  • Schulenburg
  • South Houston
  • Stafford
  • Sugar Land
  • Texas City
  • The Woodlands
  • Victoria
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