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Where Should You Install a Fire Alarm in Your Office?

Posted on: May 20, 2011

One of the most important ways to ensure your fire alarm system will keep your building protected is to make sure the individual fire detection devices are located in the correct areas. Installing fire alarm in the right places not improves your level of protection against all types of fires, and reduces the chances for false alarms.

Where should fire alarms be installed?

Fire alarms should be installed in such a way that they provide maximum protection and total coverage for your whole building. Such areas include:

  • Each individual room or office
  • Storage areas
  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Lofts
  • HVAC ducts

When installing your fire alarm, try to make sure they are as close to the center of the ceiling as possible. If this is not possible, install the fire alarm along the wall, about four inches from the ceiling.

Where should fire alarms not be installed?

In dusty or dirty areas – fire alarms installed in dusty areas may mistake floating dust for smoke and sound false alarms. When installing fire alarms in dusty areas, make sure you use devices designed to detect heat as opposed to smoke.

In wet or humid areas – areas where steam could potentially develop, such as kitchens, should be viewed with the same caution as dusty areas. Make sure to use heat-detecting fire alarms.

Near ash trays – if your building has ash trays located indoors, avoid installing smoke detectors immediately under these as smoke could rise up from still-burning cigarettes and trigger false alarms.

Near air vents – you should avoid installing fire alarms near air vents for the reason you should not install them in dusty areas. Any particulates in the air could trip the alarm’s sensors and cause a false alarm.

In extremely hot or cold environments – fire alarms tend to have internal components that are susceptible to extreme temperatures, so make sure you do not install them in areas outside of their operating range.

Installing a fire alarm is critical if you want to keep your employees and property safe from fire, but more important is knowing where to install your fire alarm so it offers you the best protection. If you want to install a fire alarm in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC, call Guardian Fire Protection today!

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