The sheer speed and devastating destructive power of fire make it one of the most serious threats to any commercial enterprise. Vandalized or environmentally damaged business premises can be repaired over time and stolen goods can be recovered, but items destroyed by fire are gone forever. An uncontrolled fire can obliterate an entire room’s contents within a few minutes and completely burn out a building in a couple hours.
The first step towards halting a fire is to properly identify the incident, raise the alarm, and then notify emergency response professionals. This is the function of a fire detection and alarm system. Several system types and options are available, depending on the specific characteristics of the protected space.