Code Compliant Commercial Fire Alarm System Design
All commercial fire alarm systems must meet applicable code regulations issued by the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), the International Building Code (IBC), and local standards such as the Chicago Building Code. Building upgrades and new constructions may also have to consider accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Local municipalities may enforce variations of NFPA guidelines or specific local building codes.
HRSS provides local support with assistance in meeting all applicable code regulations and providing necessary documentation to your authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). We ensure that your fire alarm system meets code regulations such as NFPA 101, Life Safety Code®, a widely accepted source for protecting both new and existing structures. NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, provides updated revisions based upon technological advancements and changes in demands of society.
Commercial fire alarms can be quite complex with numerous initiation devices to detect smoke, fire or gas, notification systems including visual and audible alerts and smart fire alarm control panels. Fire alarm designers must be knowledgeable of all fire safety code regulations as well as fire alarm equipment and technology to design the best fire and life safety system for your property.
Customized Commercial Fire Alarm System Design
HRSS goes above and beyond code compliance to factor in all considerations when designing commercial fire alarm systems such as specific business operations and unique building features. We provide code compliant fire alarm systems for all types of structures including low-rise small businesses, high-rise hotels, hospitals, and mass complexes with customized features to protect your occupants and property.
HRSS offers experience in designing complex systems for some of the most unique buildings in Chicago such as Navy Pier’s Shakespeare Theatre, local daycares, assisted living communities, hotels, hospitals, and Illinois Department of Transportation IDOT Rockford location. Our commercial fire alarm design specialists work closely with all parties such as building owners, business managers, building and electrical contractors to customize your fire and life safety needs.
Key Considerations for Commercial Fire Alarm Design
There are many considerations that will affect a commercial fire alarm design. Fire alarm designers must know if any specific business objectives must be met, in addition to meeting code regulations. Specific business objectives may include:
- Future expansions
- Reduce false alarms
- Control costs with upgrades and maintenance
- Respond to other emergencies in addition to fire
A fire alarm designer should communicate with business and building owners to address any specific concerns. If the business plans to expand, their fire alarm system should be scalable to allow for business expansions.
Smart fire alarm systems today help to prevent false alarms with sensitive, accurate equipment. Building owners should communicate any concerns they have with existing false alarms and safety of their property.
Technology upgrades and adding components to existing fire alarm equipment is easier and less costly with a non-proprietary fire alarm system. HRSS is a premier distributor of the best brand names in fire safety, offering non-proprietary fire alarm systems and seamless technology upgrades or business expansions.
Fire alarm systems today do so much more than monitor and notify of a fire. Fire and life safety systems provide protection against carbon monoxide, toxic fumes, and isolated emergency situations. Audible evacuation announcements can be customized for specific instructions in certain emergency situations or allow for real-time voice overrides to alert occupants of dangerous situations and the best way to respond.
Commercial Fire Alarm Design Contractors
HRSS is a leading commercial fire alarm design contractor, with engineers certified with the National Institute for Certification in Engineering (NICET). We work closely with all interested parties including building owners, engineers, architects, building and electrical contractors throughout the planning and design processes. Having input from all shareholders is beneficial to the fire alarm design process and end result as there is less chance of missing desired or required features which prevent costly alterations later.
Working with an experienced commercial fire alarm design contractor from the beginning ensures that your fire alarm system is installed properly with new or existing fire detection and suppression equipment. The fire alarm design team at HRSS possess in-depth knowledge of all applicable code regulations, fire equipment technology and how to provide customized fire and life safety solutions to meet all your safety needs.
HRSS is a leading fire and life safety system provider with more than 30 years of experience in meeting the complex needs of various commercial properties in and around Chicago. We offer comprehensive fire and life safety services including consultation, design, UL listed equipment, testing, inspection, maintenance, and monitoring 24/7/365. Contact us to speak with a certified and experienced commercial fire alarm system designer.