Ever felt nervous because your anxious that something might happen in your place when you are not around? Or do you ever have second thoughts because you think you forget to unplug your phone charger or any other electronic device or even forgot to turn of the stove? There are times that you just simply feel that there is something you forgot to do that might cause any unexpected things to happen? There are many unpredictable things that could happen in your home, establishment or any place that could lead to unfavorable outcomes. One of the most unexpected and scariest thing that could ever occur is fire. A fire can be easily spread especially in places made of woods or any combustible materials. Worry no more because there are ways that could help prevent fire from occurring, or at the very least, lessen the damage it could cause. Protek FS has different fire alarm systems that you can choose base on your necessity. There is no guarantee that unexpected happenings like fire can be totally avoided. Unexpected means there is no sign or signal that certain thing will be happening. However proper prevention and precaution is a big step in ensuring the safety of your place.
How does a fire start?
Fire is the result of the chemical process called combustion, it is the rapid oxidations of materials that releases heat and light. There are four elements that should be present to initiate a fire, oxygen to cause combustion, heat to raise the material’s ignition temperature, some fuel or any combustible material and, the exothermic reaction that releases heat causing the temperature of the immediate surrounding to rise. Flammable material when combined with oxidizers such as oxygen or any other compound rich in oxygen is exposed to any heat source or ambient temperature above the heating point and is able to maintain a constant rate of rapid oxidation produces a chain of reaction that causes fire. Fire sustain their own heat by the simultaneous release of heat energy in the process of combustion that may continue to ignite if there is a continuous supply of an oxidizer and fuel. The four elements of fire are commonly called fire tetrahedron which if incomplete, a Fire cannot exist.
Common causes of fire:
Fire can start everywhere and anytime, it’s better to identify what are the common causes of fire to be aware and establish precautions to prevent an actual fire from happening.
1. Cooking-related fires
– Cooking related fires are the most common cause of house fires. Most kitchen fire starts because, the kitchen is left unattended when cooking. Never leave the kitchen while boiling, grilling, frying or any kitchen process that involves the use of a stove or an oven. Overheating that may start a fire could happen without you noticing if you leave the kitchen while cooking.
2. Fires caused by electricity
– Faulty wiring system can lead to short circuit and overheating that causes fire to begin. Old and damage wiring, overloaded sockets, damaged plugs, old and faulty appliances and sometimes an appliance that is left plugged overnight may cause fire. Always Check the wiring and sockets if it in good working condition to prevent short circuit and always unplug electrical appliances when not in use to prevent overheating.
Lighted candles left unattended in an area could rapidly cause fire, if lightning a candle make sure to light it away from any material that is highly flammable especially combustible chemicals such as alcohol and material that could easily be burned such as papers and clothes. If you are to leave the area be sure to blow the candle.
4. Children curiosity
As what most people say, never play with fire, true enough because it could cause a bigger problem. Children are always curious with things especially those with lights, so keep away any materials that may initiate fire within their reach like matches and lighters. Educate your child that they should not play with these things like the electricity or anything that will cause a fire because it could harm them or worse the entire community.
5. Negligence and intention
Sometimes people don’t think right or if there is someone that has bad intentions may initiate as fire in your area. Not to judge other people but we cannot control what is going on in an individual’s mind. Arson or the intentional initiation of fire may occur if you are not present so it’s better to be prepared with fire preventions before it worsens. Some doesn’t mind what they are doing, they wouldn’t notice that if they leave their cigarette butts lighted could cause fire especially if they drop it to any flammable material.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
There are many ways to prevent a fire from occurring especially if you are always present in your area, you can always check the plugs, the kitchen, you can monitor what is going on in your place, but unluckily if you are working or you have some place to go, you cannot tell what might happen. Fire alarm systems is a technological advancement that could assure you that your place is safe from fire. Fire alarm system is composed of number of devices that works together to detect smoke, fire or other emergencies present and alerts the people through visual and audio that something bad is happening.
A fire alarm system is a protection system that controls fire alarm in an area or building. A fire alarm system is composed of sensors or detector that at a certain level of smoke or heat could detect that fire is happening. It also has an alarm system like a bell or siren that is paired with flashing of lights to catch the attentions of the people in the area. Fire alarm system could also have a fire control unit such as sprinkler systems or fire extinguisher system that serves as the first response team when a fire is occurring.
Types of Fire Alarm System
Fire alarm systems helps to notify person that fire is happening, and there are different types of fire alarm system that is customized depending on its necessity.
Conventional Fire Alarm System
A conventional fire alarm system utilizes interconnected sensors that is wired in a central control unit. Detectors are installed in different zones of the building or the place and each zone has a fire alarm control panel wired to a sounded circuit that contain audible alarms with a lamp indicator or display of text. When a sensor detects any signs of fire like smoke and heat, it will send a signal to the control panel to trigger the alarm. Conventional fire alarm system is a non-specific alarm system that the exact location of the fire is not indicated it will just only notify you that there is fire.
Addressable Fire Alarm System
Addressable fire alarm system is almost the same with conventional system, a central control unit is connected to sensors installed in different zones but the different and much better feature of this system is that it could tell you exactly where the fire is coming from, making it easier to extinguish the fire. Each sensor device that is connected to the addressable system has its own unique system. When a heat or smoke is detected, the address of the device will show on the central control unit indicating which specific devices has been activated.
Intelligent Fire Alarm System
A more advanced type of alarm system is the intelligent fire alarm system, it has the same principle with the conventional and addressable fire alarm system that has a central control unit and sensor devices that are installed in different places. Intelligent fire alarm system is more advance and more convenient since every detector device is integrates a computer that evaluates the environment around it that send signals to the control panel if there is really a fire or none. This type of alarm system prevents and lessen mistaken fire alarm from happening.
Wireless Fire Alarm Systems
Wireless fire alarm systems are the most advance and most potable fire alarm system among the four. In this system, there is still main control unit and sensor devices, however the signal from the sensors are transmitted through radio frequency instead of wiring that makes it portable. The sensors usually have a built-in thermistor that sense heat. If a heat or smoke is present, a signal will be sent to the fire sensor that will be automatically transmitted to the main control panel that will trigger the alarm and alert the persons within the vicinity. Wireless fire alarm system monitors environmental changes to provide early warnings of fire that will alert the people to evacuate and take immediate action to extinguish fire.
These different fire alarm systems have different principles and mechanism of action but never the less these fire alarm systems are built and installed to ensure to provide early detection of fire. If a fire is detected early, firefighters could quickly respond to the scene and could prevent any major and big damage to properties and casualties of people. Fire alarm system is major help in saving peoples live and properties. If you want a 24/7 protection from fire, Protek FS company could help you establish a safer and secure place. Protek FS is expert in dealing with fire prevention and fire alarm systems that ensures a quality service. Contact (801) 718-1055 or you may personally visit the site at Protek Fire and Systems 3520 W, Galaxy Park Pl Suite 100, West Jordan, UT 84088, US for inquires. Prevention is better than cure, built a comfortable and protected place with Protek FS fire alarm systems.