What are the Benefits of Temporary Fire Alarms for Construction Sites?
13/01/2021 in Security
Every year, the construction industry faces financial losses caused by fire. Property damage, project delays and rising insurance premiums can all mean devastating consequences for businesses of any size. With many potential fire hazards being present, construction sites are particularly high risk and without the correct fire safety precautions in place, fires can quickly spread.
Regardless of the size of your construction site, protecting against fire is a necessity. In recent times, many site owners have started making use of temporary wireless fire alarms, which use radio frequencies to connect to various other devices, such as smoke and heat detectors and call points, without needing wires or cables.
Continue reading as we discuss the many benefits of investing in temporary fire alarms for construction sites.
Flexible and portable
One significant benefit of temporary fire alarms is their flexibility, as they overcome the hurdle associated with traditional fire alarms that use wires and cables.
Built using wireless technology and powered by battery, temporary fire alarms are designed with adaptability in mind and can be repositioned easily throughout a construction site. This means that as the construction project progress over time and needs change, the location of a fire alarm can also move along with it, without the hassle of having to reprogram the circuitry and reinstall any cables.
Temporary alarms can also be installed in almost any place, including where access is limited, such as narrow staircases or high ceilings. Moreover, when the project comes to an end, the fire alarm can be easily removed and used again on a new site, making it an excellent long-term investment.
Cost-effective and easy to install
Cable-operated fire alarms work well in protecting against fire, but their biggest drawback is that they are more expensive and take longer to install than their wireless counterparts.
Battery-powered alarm systems require no cables or wiring, which means the fire alarm system can be set up in just a matter of minutes, saving time and resulting in minimal project disruption. We all know how important these factors are in time-sensitive construction projects, so the easy installation and ability to reposition the alarm anywhere is a major advantage.
With temporary fire alarms, the battery can also typically last for over two years, making it a cost-effective option for protecting your construction site from fire.
Safety and compliance
Of course, a key benefit of installing any type of fire alarm on a construction site is that it helps to protect against fire damage and makes the work environment safer. This not only ensures you are taking the right steps to protect both workers and property but that you can also meet the necessary health and safety compliance standards.
Your construction site can be monitored round-the-clock by an alarm-receiving centre that offers 24/7 surveillance, even when the site is closed, ensuring total peace of mind.
Moreover, as temporary alarms run on batteries, the construction site can be monitored and protected from fire at all times, even in the event of a power outage. This adds an extra layer of security that traditional fire alarms do not have.
The systems’ test function also facilitates a quick weekly test procedure, ensuring your health and safety measures always stay up-to-scratch.
When investing in a wireless fire alarm, you will no longer have to deal with any unsightly cables or wires, which can affect the overall appearance of a building. The only cable needed is that connecting the control panel to the mains power. Likewise, there will be no disruption or damage caused by drilling holes into the walls to install any wires.
Covers larger sites
On larger sites, hard wiring is generally not feasible and communicating effectively can prove challenging. With networked wireless radio linked alarms, you can overcome these problems by connecting multiple call points using just a single control panel.
A message can be wirelessly transmitted from one side of the site to the other in just a few seconds, without even needing to be within the range of the central panel. This means that the entire zone is alerted when one call point is triggered, helping to minimise the amount of damage that can be caused by a fire. Personnel can be alerted instantly and act accordingly, making wireless fire alarms the ideal solution for larger sites.
Millennium Security is a leading UK provider of construction site security solutions, including biometric access control, advanced CCTV systems and other wireless technology. To protect your construction site from avoidable risks, contact us on 01234 825 522 for more information, or fill out the contact form to book a bespoke, no-obligation site survey.