Cellular Only (Sole Path): A cell communicator listed for use with fire alarm systems can communicate to our central monitoring station. This is the most commonly used option today due to its reliability and cost savings.Internet Only (Sole Path): The internet can be used as the single means of communication to our central monitoring station.Telephone lines (Two Lines): If two phones lines are available in your building and approved by your AHJ they can be used to communicate with the authorities.Combination: Any two of the above technologies can be combined for your communication pathway. Monitoring Requirements:
NFPA72 requires that all commercial fire system monitoring includes a feature called "24 Hour Test", which means the fire alarm will send a signal to the central monitoring station once every 24 hours to ensure the communication paths are working properly. This feature is included with our commerical fire alarm monitoring plan to keep you in compliance with the code.
Windowless Basement Law
If you own a commercial building with a basement in New Jersey, you may be subject to the “Windowless Basement Law”.
The “Windowless Basement Law” requires that a fire alarm system be installed and monitored in basements with either no windows or windows that are too small for firefighter access. If there is a door it must be above grade level to count as an opening. Generally speaking, on one side of the building the window openings must be 32”x48” and spaced not more than 100 feet apart or 22”x42” and spaced not more than 30 feet apart.
Overall, a properly installed fire alarm system should require little maintenance. The panel’s backup batteries will need to be changed every few years and smoke detectors should be cleaned periodically. Additionally, an annual Fire Alarm Certification must be performed for the system every year. This report must be presented to your local fire prevention office proving the system’s continued maintenance and testing. Independent Alarm can handle all of your fire alarm system's service and maintenance needs.
Every fire alarm system we install will be custom designed to fit your business's needs while conforming to National and State fire alarm codes. Our expert staff will lead you from professional design, permit submittals, installation, testing and tutorial. We can also perform your annual Fire Alarm Certifications as required by code.
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