Fire Alarm Monitoring FAQs
What does a fire alarm detect?
Fire alarms detect smoke and provide an early warning that the risk of fire may exist. It triggers and alarm that the people in the home or business should exit the premises and take action by calling 9-1-1 for assistance.
What is a monitored fire alarm?
Unlike local smoke detectors, which provide an audible alert onsite only, monitored smoke detectors also send alarms to the monitoring centre when the risk of fire is detected. These alarms allow operators to respond on your behalf and dispatch the fire department as quickly as possible. Monitored response can be incredibly valuable if nobody is in your business during off hours, you are not at home, or if you are sleeping when smoke is detected.
What is fire alarm monitoring?
Fire alarm monitoring is a service that allows alarm signals to be sent to a central monitoring station when the fire alarm (panel) is activated onsite. Operators receive the fire alarm signals and respond by dispatching the fire department. Fire alarm monitoring may also include the delivery of alarm signals for trouble or supervisory conditions.
Does a fire alarm need to be monitored?
If you have a fire panel, it should be monitored. Depending on the details of the site being protected, ULC Fire Alarm Monitoring may be a requirement of occupancy. This can be determined by reaching out to your insurance company or the Authority Having Jurisdiction. If you do not have a fire panel, monitored smoke detectors or heat detectors can be installed as measures to protect your people and your property.