Every business owner is responsible for ensuring that their workplace is a safe place to work and installing a reliable fire alarm system is a big part of that. When you find yourself in the position of having to choose the right fire safety equipment for your workplace, you’ll eventually need to compare the pros and cons of hardwired vs wireless fire alarms.
To help you decide, today, we’ll look into wireless fire alarms and the main advantages they offer.
Unlike hardwired alarms, wireless fire alarms don’t require drilling into walls to get to a power source to keep them going. This makes the installation process much easier, faster and cheaper.
In addition to that, the various wireless fire alarm units can be installed pretty much anywhere allowing for complete flexibility in designing and amending your fire alarm system plan. At Evacuator Alarms, we offer a range of mounting boards that are designed to fit in with or Syneryf RF and Synergy TS models.
These allow you to have units installed in indoor and outdoor areas that may otherwise be challenging to reach. Also, they make it easy to install and deinstall fire alarms when needed to provide adequate security measures for temporary events such as concerts and festivals.
No Power Cuts
Wireless fire alarms are not mains-powered which means that you can rely on them to do their job and keep your workers protected even if the electricity is out, therefore you don’t have to worry about power outages putting your fire safety at risk.
The life expectancy of the batteries used to power wireless alarm units continues to increase as the industry progresses, with batteries currently lasting 18 -36 months. Having in mind that your fire alarm should be tested weekly and inspected yearly, any issues with the battery should be spotted quickly enough to establish reasonable safety levels at work.
Modern wireless fire alarm systems, sometimes offer a backup mains-powered functionality in case the battery dies unexpectedly to ensure maximum security.
Wireless fire alarm units may be on the pricer end compared to their wired counterparts. However, they will cost you less in the long run. As a starter, this is because you’ll have fewer installation and de-installation fees to consider.
Furthermore, every fire alarm requires regular maintenance and sometimes – repairs. Wireless alarms can be attended to by a fire safety engineer without having to stop the mains power and cause disruptions to the other daily operations on site. The ease and speed of the process mean you can expect to pay less.
Let’s face it, when you have to deal with hardwired fire alarm systems moving things around as the layout of the building or the risks change dynamically isn’t an easy task. This is why wireless is the way to go when you work in an environment where the fire safety requirements can be expected to change often. This applies to constriction sites where workers will move from one location to another as the project progresses and so the fire alarm units will have to be moved around.
With the flexibility offered by temporary wireless fire alarms, you can ensure that you have the capability to proactively tackle any changes highlighted by a dynamic fire risk assessment at your site.
To achieve regulatory compliance with the occupational health and safety legislation relevant to your industry, you have to have a strong risk management strategy. Benign able to demonstrate a proactive approach to risk management is a good way to ensure compliance which makes wireless alarms a smart solution.
Furthermore, modern wireless alarms, such as EVACUATOR SYNERGY ZONE MASTER, ensure that the alarm is heard loud and clear throughout the premises and by everyone present. This is thanks to its powerful 110db Sounder.
Reusable = Investment in the Future
When we talk about choosing the right options for any business-related investment, ROI is one of the main metrics to consider. In the context of fire alarms, going wireless means that you can reuse the same unit in different locations, not just on the premises but in a completely different building as well.
For example, if you have finished renovating a building and you are now starting a new building project elsewhere, you can simply move the wireless alarm units from one site to another without having to buy any new hardware. With the cheap and quick installation secured, this makes for a great reusable product and solid long-term investment.
Wireless Fire Alarms and Construction Sites
Being able to notify everyone at the premises about a potential fire incident and commence a safe evacuation as per the fire emergency evacuation plan is extremely important and in dynamically changing areas, such as construction sites and temporary buildings, the advantages offered by a wireless alarm system can save lives.
Need advice on choosing the right fire alarm? Speak to our team of trusted wired and wireless fire alarm system specialists, here at Evacuator Alarms, to get access to market-leading fire safety equipment and find out what alarm best suits your requirements.