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11/10/2021

How Many Smoke Detectors Do I Need in My Commercial Property?

How Many Smoke Detectors Do I Need in My Commercial Property?

When a fire ravages through a building, time is of the essence. Every second that ticks by can become more and more destructive. So, how many smoke detectors do you need for your commercial building? The answer is simple: the more the better. Smoke detectors installed on the ceilings must be spread out to cover the entirety of the commercial building; the bigger your building, the more smoke detectors you may require.

Why Do You Need Smoke Detectors?

Smoke Detector in Commercial Property

Smoke detectors play an important role in saving lives in the tragic event of a fire. Commercial buildings must strategically place their smoke detectors to ensure that all staff and goods remain as safe as they can be. Commercial smoke detector placement will protect the staff and the customers from smoke inhalation, toxic gases, and other injuries.

How Many Smoke Detectors Should I Install?

Fire alarms must be placed in the following locations in a commercial premises:

  • On every floor
  • In every hallway
  • In every office
  • In every storage area
  • In every bathroom
  • In every stairway
  • Indoor car parking area
  • In any other room where a fire could start

Where to Locate the Hardwired Smoke Detector in Commercial Premises?

Smoke Detector in Commercial Premises

Smoke detector placement in a commercial building needs to be done strategically and in accordance with building codes. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends hardwired smoke detectors on every floor of the building in addition to a smoke detector in each stairway of the building. According to the NFPA, a smoke detector will cover the radius of 21 square feet. These are the minimal requirements for smoke detector placement. Is it enough? Can you ever be too safe? The amount of smoke detectors a business puts in place comes down to budget, but why gamble with your staff and your business? You’re required to follow the NFPA regulations, but to really protect what you care about, the more detectors, the better.

Do I Need Wireless Smoke Detectors?

Traditionally, wired smoke detectors have been used. However, with the ever-growing emergence of wireless technologies, no field has been left untouched. Wireless smoke detectors are becoming increasingly popular because they are easy to install anywhere in an office building- or any other commercial building. Wireless smoke detectors are not limited to a certain location and can be moved around. Wireless smoke detectors also use signal towers and radio frequencies to communicate emergencies, which can save time in the event of a fire.

Fires are dangerous but you can protect yourself and your business by consulting with a professional. Forbel uses only the best manufacturers' smoke detectors in its work. Contact us for a free consultation.

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