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Is Fire Alarm Monitoring Worth It?


Fire alarm monitoring is becoming seen as an essential in many businesses fire safety strategy. Whilst some insurance companies will insist on your fire alarm system being monitored as part of their terms, having a monitored system can save both lives and expense in the event of a fire.


What Is Fire Alarm Monitoring?


When a fire alarm system is monitored, a signal is sent to an alarm receiving centre when the system is activated.


An alarm receiving centre is company of highly trained security operatives who monitor alarms, including intruder, fire and CCTV systems 24 hours a day, all year round. When they receive an alarm signal from one of their customers’ systems, they instantly decide what the next course of action should be. It can depend on the alarm system or the specific situation but usually this would be to contact either the emergency services or a keyholder.


Why would you need your Fire Alarm System Monitored?


When a site is unoccupied, such as evenings, weekends and holidays, fire alarm systems fail to be an effective means to alert people and services as there is often no one on site to hear the warning sirens.


Fire alarm monitoring is an effective way to ensure that if a fire should occur when a building is empty, the alarms do not go unheard and the impact of a fire may be reduced.

When the potential costs and impact on a business of a fire are considered, the cost of fire alarm monitoring is small in comparison.


Benefits of Fire Alarm Monitoring


  • It’s monitored 24 hours a day, every day

  • You don’t have to rely on someone passing by to raise the alarm

  • Your premises stand more chance of surviving a fire

  • Work can continue if your premises aren’t badly damaged - helping save jobs

  • It’s easy to install – and low-cost

  • It might save you money on your insurance premiums


Fire Alarm Monitoring Saves Money


First and foremost, the safety of employees and site visitors is the most important cause. However, there are also financial benefits to fire system monitoring.


Fires can take hold of a building in next to no time, and left unattended can cause immense amounts of damage – to a building’s contents and also the structural framework.

The time between a fire being detected and someone attending the scene is crucial.


Without monitoring, a fire may go undetected until the the whole building is ablaze. With monitoring, the fire is detected by the system in the early stages, and if a fire brigade response is initiated, the chances of limiting fire damage to both buildings and contents increases dramatically.


It’s estimated 60% of businesses never recover from a major fire. The cost of monitoring your fire alarm system is minimal when compared to the cost of losing your business.


Why choose Triple Star Fire & Security?


Triple Star Fire & Security has been providing fire alarm monitoring for businesses in London and the Home Counties for many years. We also provide monitoring services for intruder alarms and CCTV systems. Contact us today on 0203 189 1960 for more information. Or leave your details and we’ll get back to you.

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