How ULC Fire Alarm Monitoring and Time & Temperature Are Related

June 21, 2022 | By: mm-admin

We’ve shown you how much damage a fire can do in the same amount of time a robber can make off with just some of your business’ assets.

But how much damage could the fire do if left undiscovered? It’s common knowledge that a fire that hasn’t been tended to is simply going to grow. It’ll burn up everything in its path until it doesn’t have anything left to burn. That doesn’t bode well for your business. Luckily, there are people out there who have dedicated their lives to responding to emergency calls. There’s no denying that firefighters are heroes, and in many cases they’re the only thing standing between your business and a fiery inferno, but they’re still human. Years of training, preparation, and practice have allowed them to get their assembly and set-up procedures down to a science, but they’re only going to start those processes as soon as they’ve been made aware that an incident is occurring.

Take a look at this graph of the relationship between Time & Temperature once a fire occurs in a building.


As you can see there are several factors that determine how quickly a fire can be put out. It starts with detection – that’s when the fire alarm in your building acknowledges and interprets signals being sent from your smoke alarm or sprinkler system as a fire. This is followed by notification, when the Signals Receiving Centre (SRC) is alerted to the problem in your building and dispatches the fire department. From here on out, the time it takes for the fire department to put out the blaze in your building is out of our hands. They may be faster at assembling their gear, travelling to the site of the incident, and setting up their equipment than we’ll ever be, but there’s nothing we can do to help them speed that process along after we’ve alerted them of the fire.

The only area we can improve on is right here:

image of: effectable window


We call this the ‘Effectable Window.’ This is the area that we have most control over it and can mean a world of difference for your building. It’s like a domino effect; improve the timing of this area, and the rest will follow. The quicker the fire department receives the alarm, the quicker they assemble their gear, travel, and set up once they’ve reached their destination. OPEN ACCESSTM is a technology utilized by Fire Monitoring of Canada that allows us to retransmit any alarm signal to the appropriate fire department. Firefighters are able to act immediately upon receipt of an alarm, while a phone call is made as a backup. This in turn allows the fire department to get in gear more quickly.

image of: Time/Temperature Relation


OPEN ACCESSTM has proven to save 114.7 seconds on average. This amount of time could mean everything for you and your business. Again, every second counts when talking about a fire, and the potential difference when we’re able to reduce the time in the effectable window could be astronomical.

If you’re interested in using fire monitoring services that employ OPEN ACCESSTM as part of your building’s protection services, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-888-789-3473 or by using the form below.