In any building where large numbers of employees will be each day, accurate and reliable alarm systems can be critical in saving lives. From fire alarms to security alarms and other systems, companies are willing to make large investments in these systems, since they will safeguard not only employees, but also equipment that is valued at millions of dollars. However, at some point, all alarm systems need to be replaced. When this happens, it’s crucial to take a variety of factors into consideration before installing a new system. If your company is preparing to install new fire alarm control panels, here are some things to consider.

Sensor Capabilities

Whether it’s new fire alarms or a security alarm control panel, always make sure you select alarm systems which contain state-of-the-art sensors. By doing so, you can be sure they will be able to link with a facility’s wireless network, enabling data to be sent in real-time to both off-site monitoring centers and to on-site technicians and managers via smartphones and tablets. Along with this, always make sure the control unit is installed in an area near equipment that poses the greatest risk of fire or other malfunction, since this will enable workers to be alerted to danger as quickly as possible.

Easy to Use Control Panels

With any type of alarm system control panels, it’s important that they be easy to use. Since it’s likely many different types of employees, from engineers to production workers, may need to program these systems from time to time, the ones chosen for your facility should be easy to understand and program. This becomes crucial in the event of an emergency situation, such as a gas leak or fire. In these instances, workers trained on the alarm systems can go to the control panel and program the system to automatically shut down production equipment or limit access to certain areas. This will allow for safe evacuations, as well as let technicians and engineers assess the situation with emergency personnel.

Work Environment

Since all work environments are different, it’s very important to take the facility layout into consideration when replacing alarm control panels. By doing this, you may discover there are better ways to install the panels, as well as additional areas that may now require closer monitoring. Also, closely examine the detection radius of your alarm system. In many cases, it may be best to locate it in an area that is central to equipment, allowing it to detect fires or other issues much faster.

Obtain Expert Advice

When replacing an alarm control panel, it’s always best to obtain expert advice before making your final selection. Since you’ll likely have many questions regarding sensors, how control units will work in your facility’s layout, and if they will be easy for workers to be trained in how to use them in the event of an emergency, let an Applications Engineer from GDS answer these and other questions for you. To do so, contact GDS at 409-927-2980.

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