3 Control Panel Options for Fire Alarms

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3 Control Panel Options for Fire Alarms

A fire alarm makes a significant difference in how much you can salvage once a fire breaks out. It can detect even a small spark and alert people to put it out before it rages out of control.

Several parts make up a fire alarm. The control panels are the brains for fire alarm systems in Utah properties. They monitor your alarm’s input devices then activate the alarm using different techniques. Here are your fire alarm control panel options:

Coded Panel

This is the oldest control panel for fire alarms. It has a code wheel that connects to different zones on the panel. The codes will relay a signal, which then triggers an alarm in case of a fire. Coded control panels, however, have become mostly obsolete.

Conventional Panel

This comprises one or more circuits that are directly wired to your alarm’s initiating devices. Once the connected zones detect smoke, they trigger a current to the panel, which consequently sets off the alarm. The quantity of connected zones you’ll have in your panel generally depends on your needs. Conventional control panels are simple and require minimal specialized training, though they are only ideal for small and medium-sized properties.

Addressable Panel

This is the standard option nowadays. It uses a microprocessor rather than a current to relay a signal to your control panel. Your detector and panel are both located in this microprocessor, which is placed in different locations in your building. Data from your smoke detector sends a signal to the processor, which then relays it to the control panel and triggers an alarm.

Before settling on a control panel, a professional assessment of your building is crucial. This guarantees you get a panel that matches your property’s requirements. It’s also essential to get a company to monitor your alarm system to ensure a speedy response.

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