Here at FMC, we provide fire alarm monitoring and fire sprinkler alarm monitoring for many classifications of buildings: hospitals, care facilities, high rise condominiums… many facilities which have a requirement for fire alarm monitoring and sprinkler alarm monitoring in the Building Code and Fire Code. One type of building which is very common to have fire alarm monitoring and fire sprinkler alarm monitoring are industrial buildings.
Industrial Buildings are often very large, and can be more often referred to as a Brewery, Factory, Foundry, Power plant, or Mill, among others. These facilities can often employ hundred of people at a time and have large complex fire alarm and sprinkler systems which require fire alarm monitoring and fire sprinkler alarm monitoring systems in one or more buildings in the facility.
Here are some incentives an benefits of having fire alarm monitoring in your industrial building:
Meet All Applicable Codes
We have covered this in previous posts, however Section 18.104.22.168 of the Ontario Building codes states that any building classified as a “Group F” Occupany has a requirement to have fire alarm monitoring that meets CAN/ULC-S561. Group F Occupancies are described as “High” “Medium” and “Low”-Hazard Industrial Buildings. For information on how your building is classified, please speak with your local Fire Prevention Officer. Further, many industrial buildings have sprinkler systems and any building that has a fire sprinkler system has a requirement to have fire sprinkler alarm monitoring to CAN/ULC-S561. Ensuring your building is up to the relevant Building and Fire Codes will make your life easier and ensure your building inspection goes smoother.
As the systems in your industrial building likely have a requirement to be monitored under the relevant building codes and fire codes, there is likely an insurance requirement to have fire alarm monitoring and sprinkler alarm monitoring installed and active as well. Failing to meet your insurance requirements by not having fire alarm monitoring and sprinkler alarm monitoring could lead to claims not being paid in the event of a fire. Not having fire alarm monitoring or sprinkler alarm monitoring could mean that trucks are not dispatched to your location in the event of a fire.
Enhanced Safety for your Property and Employees
As we just noted, and have noted in past blog posts, fire alarm monitoring and sprinkler alarm monitoring systems are the conduit through which the fire department is dispatched to your facility in the event that an alarm is triggered. Fire alarm systems are designed to detect fire and evacuate occupants, and fire sprinkler alarm systems are designed to get people out of the building and supress a fire. Neither on their own let the fire department know what’s going on in the building, so unless someone on site or nearby calls 9-1-1 – which is often too late – they will never show up. By installing fire alarm monitoring and fire sprinkler alarm monitoring systems, you’re ensuring that the fire department is called everytime that the fire alarm system or sprinkler system activates, regardless of who’s on site (ULC-S561 requires fire alarms are dispatched within 30 seconds of receipt at Fire Monitoring of Canada’s Signal Receiving Centre, without verification). It’s like having a person watching over your building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year… all for just a couple of dollars a day.
These are but three incentives to get fire alarm monitoring and fire sprinkler alarm monitoring in your industrial building. We’d be happy to discuss this with you further, and feel free to contact us for a no-obligation discussion.