A dedicated fire alarm system is critical for any business or large property. It adds a layer of protection and security in commercial and industrial settings, alerting employees to a fire instantly.
These fire alarm systems allow the occupants to evacuate the building as soon as possible through a predetermined escape route, preventing any lasting damage. Fire alarm systems can also be wired into sprinklers and automatic door systems, integrating it into your business’ unique fire prevention needs. Depending on the system, it can also automatically alert first responders to the situation, preventing the fire from getting out of control or relying on manual action in a time of crisis.
Dedicated fire alarm systems are not just a good idea, but according to the National Fire Protection Association Codes (NFPA) and International Building Code (IBC), most commercial buildings require a fire alarm system for safety reasons depending on the layout of your property and type of business.
The commercial life safety systems we install are non-proprietary, meaning you can purchase and replace the alarms, detectors, and other safety equipment yourself or through another contractor. You’ll receive the robust security coverage and cost-saving benefits of a custom designed system without the burden of being locked in with a single provider.
No, a fire alarm system is not the same as a smoke detector. A fire alarm system is composed of multiple components that work together to keep your property protected, including a smoke detector. The fire alarm system has a complete control panel that monitors sensory devices in multiple rooms, either detecting smoke or excessive heat.
If smoke is detected in these rooms, it triggers the control panel system which relays the signal to a multi-room alarm alerting everyone in the building of any potential fire. These systems can also be wired to hook up to existing connections, such as electric doors or the security system. These signals use both auditory and visual alarm systems to warn occupants in the building of a hazard.
While smoke detectors are more commonly seen standalone in residential properties, commercial and industrial properties need a comprehensive fire safety and alarm system to create a safe workplace environment that a smoke detector alone cannot do.
At Douglas Electric, our licensed team of technicians offer a range of alarm and detection systems including dedicated fire alarm systems integrated with your wiring. We can also help you install components that work in tandem with a fire alarm system, monitoring safety concerns and alerting authorities when a fire alarm is activated.
Never worry about your property again. With Douglas Electric on your side, we can provide full maintenance, inspection, and installation services to keep your employees and property safe from fires, with prompt alarms and evacuation alerts for occupants.
Not sure what type of fire alarm system or component you need for your commercial and industrial property? No problem. Give us a call and we’ll help you determine the best system for your needs based on your property’s layout, number of occupants, and primary activities.
Fire Alarm Contractor Services
At Douglas Electric, we are proud to provide a wide range of fire alarm contractor services and keep your property secure. Our services include inspections and maintenance services, as well as installation and repair. Give us a call today to see how we can help you install the right system for your needs.
Like everything else, fire alarm systems require periodic inspections and maintenance services. Failure to inspect and repair these systems in a timely manner can not only result in a revocation of your fire systems permit, but it can prevent the system from working properly when a real emergency occurs.
To keep your employees and assets safe, it is always recommended to perform routine inspections of the fire alarm and detection systems, ensuring they will work as expected when you need it most. Don’t leave peace of mind up to chance. Give Douglas Electric a call today and see how our licensed technicians can help you protect your investment today.
Looking to add additional components to your existing fire alarm system, or upgrade components that you already have? We’re happy to help. From monitoring systems, to smoke detectors, sprinkler systems and first-responder alert systems, we can help you integrate additional features into your existing fire alarm system. We can also help you connect the fire alarm system to emergency or dedicated generator systems to ensure your property and employees are always protected.
Additionally, we can assist with troubleshooting system compatibility and code compliance, keeping your business up-to-date with modern New York standards and regulations. We are more than just contractors; we are your partners in everything electrical.
Our licensed electricians can walk you through options, assess your current fire alarm system, and install the right components for your needs. Give us a call today and start the conversation.
Commercial Fire Alarm System Installation
A well-designed fire alarm system is there to protect the lives of your employees and the investments of your property. Whether you are installing a complete fire alarm system complete with monitoring, integration with security and fire suppression components, or just need a basic fire alarm system, we can help you. Getting the job done quickly with professional quality and with small-business charm is our specialty.
In New York, not every commercial property is subject to a fire alarm system depending on the layout of the property and principal activity. Douglas Electric handles fire alarm system installations according to the National Fire Protection Association and International Building Codes standards, whether a fire alarm system is required in your place of business or not.
How Long Should a Commercial Fire Alarm System Last?
Installing a commercial fire alarm system is a good idea for any commercial or industrial property. No one plans for an accident, but you can prevent one from getting out of control. Fire alarm systems work to monitor for signs of smoke or heat and alert everyone in the building as soon as possible, providing enough time for evacuation. Modern fire alarm systems can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years depending on the condition and brand.
Older systems may not last as long, so if you have an outdated system, you should consider having it inspected to determine if it should be replaced.
It’s important to note that while these commercial fire alarm systems last for a long time, they do require routine inspection and maintenance to keep them in top condition. Additionally, fire alarm permits typically need to be renewed every two years with the state of New York.
What is the Estimated Cost of a Fire Alarm System?
In New York, the average cost of a fire alarm system can range from $5 to $12 per square foot of coverage. The cost depends on the range of services and the complexity of the wiring and integrations.
Factors that affect the cost include which components are included in the system, the overall layout and square footage of the building, the age of the building and current wiring, as well as additional safety components like a sprinkler system or a monitoring system integration.
For an accurate quote based on your business’ requirements, it’s best to reach out to a licensed fire alarm contractor. At Douglas Electric, we are certified and licensed to install and repair all fire alarm systems, with reasonable fees and a family-operated attitude.
Why Hire a Licensed Fire Alarm Contractor?
A fire alarm system connects to a central control panel. This control panel must receive power from a dedicated branch circuit to prevent interruptions in service in case of other circuits overloading.
Not only does this type of wiring require a professional electrician, but at Douglas Electric, our technicians are trained and licensed in fire alarm systems based on guidelines set out by the National Fire Prevention Association. This means that you won’t have to worry about placement, number of systems, or wiring regulations; we’ll take care of everything for you.
It’s important to remember that not all electricians can legally be hired to install or repair these systems on your commercial or industrial property. Only electricians that are licensed for security and fire alarm systems can work on these systems. At Douglas Electric, we are your licensed fire alarm contractor, serving the southern tier of New York from Rochester all the way to Amherst and West Seneca.
We Take Pride in Our Trade
For over 30 years, Douglas Electric has been committed to delivering excellent customer service, using quality products provided by a knowledgeable team to businesses in and around Rochester, New York.
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More Than Just Generators
We are electricians capable of any project, of any size.
Our second generation family-run business recruits only the top talent from a combination of accredited trade schools and programs local to Rochester NY.
The electricians on our team are constantly continuing their education to stay current with the latest technology and techniques.
You can be certain that all of the wiring, security camera systems, and other equipment we install will be handled by highly trained commercial electricians.
We offer a full fleet of stocked service trucks and expert staff of electricians on call—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After finishing your electrical services, we can work with you to develop a long term regular system maintenance plan preventing your issue from happening again.
From something as simple as a lamp change or adding receptacles, to troubleshooting 3 phase motors or wiring cctv systems in a commercial or industrial facility—we’ve got you covered.
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Warehouse and manufacturing facilities will benefit from a project managed by Douglas Electric. We work closely with the business owners to understand their current and future needs to provide a properly lit space and adequate power sizing for their custom project.
When it comes to production lines or manufacturing facilities, time is money. Whether you’re looking for service to existing equipment, installation of new systems, preventative maintenance, power quality testing or infrared scanning, we have the solution for your needs.
Our long history of working within the industry will benefit your project. Douglas Electric has an innate understanding of the code that has its own section on medical and outpatient facilities as it pertains to electrical, communications, and fire alarm installations. We will execute your plans with precision, save you time, money and frustration.
Multi-Family / Site
We understand how important proper lighting distribution, utility company transformer placement and power distribution is for your site plans. The Douglas Electric team works per the NEC code as well as convenience and necessity in every day living to complete each residential unit within an apartment complex, townhome village or multifamily dwelling.
Non-Profit / Educational
Working within your budget and timeline is not a problem! Our team works tirelessly and efficiently to complete your project within your schedule. Safety is our number one priority always and we work with you to ensure minimal downtime for your organization.
Retail / Franchise
Franchises are a special type of project that needs detailed focused technicians with a knowledge of the strict process and guidelines. Douglas Electric has a thorough understanding of the importance of national account guidelines to ensure that the consistency of the design and electrical detail is met.