Fire control panel
The fire control panel is a safety device that commercial buildings are required to install to reduce losses and damages. If you are committed to building a building with high security, you will probably want to buy this panel. Before you start shopping, you need to know what a typical fire control panel does. Which buildings need them? And what features should they have?
Why do you need a fire panel in your building?
The purpose of the fire alarm control panel is to activate a quick emergency response in the event of a fire so that everyone in the building has the opportunity to exit the building safely. Different types of these panels are available in the market and they can have different functions. For example, a typical panel might sound an alarm to alert everyone to danger. Some fire panels also call the fire department. Some even activate the building’s sprinkler system to extinguish the fire quickly. All these features depend on the panel you buy.
How do fire alarm panels work?
In general, the way the fire alarm panel works is that when there is a fire, this panel receives a signal from a smoke detector, sprinkler system, a manual contact point or a key in the building. This means it cannot detect fire by itself. But it can respond to signals received from systems that detect smoke. At this stage, the response of the fire panel is activated. This response includes making loud noises and turning on the sound to warn people about the fire. Also, send a signal to the fire department so that the fire department can quickly reach the scene to extinguish the fire.
The main types of fire control panel:
Fire alarm panels have two main categories: conventional panels and addressable panels.
Conventional panels have been around for years and you may have seen them in older buildings. These panels work by responding to changes in electric current. Like when the detector changes the electric current after detecting smoke. When the fire panel detects this flow, it sounds the alarm. Conventional panels are installed in different zones of the building, such as the first floor, second floor, etc. Therefore, they are often called zoned panels.
The newer type of firefighting panels are addressable panels and use advanced technologies. This panel has a microprocessor that sends data from devices in the building to the panel, rather than just sensing changes in electrical current. Each device in the building’s fire detection system has its own address, so the addressable panel can identify which device the signal is coming from. This will allow you to locate the location that sent the signal to the panel.
Which buildings need a fire control panel?
Most buildings are required to install a fire control panel. But if you’re not sure if you should install this panel, you can check the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or International Building Code (IBC) documents to find out. For example, you can read NFPA 101: Life Safety Code. Or you can refer to documents that explain about international building codes. Specific requirements may vary depending on the type of occupation in the building and its location. But generally, as part of a fire alarm system, you will need a fire alarm panel.
What should be considered before buying a fire alarm panel?
If you are planning to buy a panel for a new building or to replace an old panel, you must first consider the features you want. If you already have an advanced system like sprinklers throughout the building, you can buy a panel that has an alarm. If you want a more complete panel, you can buy a panel with features such as locking or unlocking doors, turning off the power, disabling the building’s elevators, or even fully compatible with your security system.
You should also consider whether the panel you want can meet the needs of your building. This panel should support the number of devices and areas in the building. And it needs to be compatible with your building’s alarms, smoke detectors, and other safety devices.
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