As a business owner, one of your top priorities is keeping your employees safe. At Kolb Electric, we want to help take this off your mind so you can focus on what’s important – growing your business. We are licensed commercial fire alarm installers in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC area and we can work with your fire protection company to design and install a fire alarm system to keep you, your colleagues and your building safe at all times.
Call us today at 877-287-1179 to learn more about our fire alarm design and installation service!
Commercial Fire Alarm Systems
Commercial fire alarm systems serve the same function as residential fire alarms, but with a few key additions:
Pull stations – pull stations are manual action devices located by the exits of a building. They allow people to sound the building alarm in the event of an emergency.
Horn strobe systems – the biggest difference between commercial and residential fire alarm systems is their method of notification. Typically, a loud chirping or a high pitched tone is a sufficient alert system for residential fire alarm applications. Commercial fire alarm systems, on the other hand, require visual as well as auditory alarms. Your local government agency will determine which type of alert system you need in your building.
Enunciator panels – if you have a large building or your building is part of a larger complex, you may need to install an enunciator panel. This panel will monitor the status of every fire alarm in your complex and let firefighters and other personnel know exactly which devices are going off, leading them directly to the fire.
Fire alarm monitoring – if you worry about the safety of your building at night, you can install a fire alarm monitoring system. A fire alarm monitoring system will alert the fire department immediately if one of your devices senses a fire, 24 hours a day, whether the building is occupied or not.
Full and Partial Coverage
Depending on local fire codes in your area, you may be required to install complete coverage or partial coverage fire alarm systems. Complete coverage means fire detection devices are required in all rooms, halls, storage areas, basements, attics, lofts, spaces above ceilings and other subdivisions and accessible spaces as well as the inside of all closets, elevator shafts, enclosed stairways, dumbwaiter shafts and chutes. Basically, any area that is accessible and contains combustible materials should be covered, and any area that is inaccessible must be made accessible and protected.
Partial coverage means fire alarms are placed in common, easily accessible areas such as corridors, lobbies, storage rooms, equipment rooms and other tenantless spaces. Partial coverage fire alarms are designed to address specific hazards only.
If you own a building in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC and need fire alarm installation, call Kolb Electric today!
We provide fire alarm design and installation services in:
Adamstown, Annapolis, Arnold, Ashton, Aspen Hill, Baltimore, Bel Air, Beltsville, Bethesda, Bowie, Catonsville, Chevy Chase, Clarksburg, Clarksville, Cockeysville, College Park, Columbia, Damascus, Dundalk, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Glen Burnie, Hagerstown, Hampstead, Hyattsville, Ijamsville, Jessup, Kensington, La Plata, Lanham, Laurel, Laytonsville, Middletown, Montgomery Village, Mt. Airy, Myersville, New Market, Odenton, Olney, Pasadena, Potomac, Randallstown, Rockville, Sandy Spring, Severn, Silver Spring, Severn, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Temple Hills, Timonium, Towson, Upper Marlboro, Waldorf, Wheaton, Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Ashburn, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Crystal City, Dale City, Dulles, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fort Belvoir, Great Falls, Herndon, Leesburg, Lincoln, Lorton, Manassas, McLean, Oakton, Purcellville, Reston, Springfield, Stafford, Sterling, Vienna, Woodbridge, and Washington, DC