Reasons to have a fire alarm

Is there really any question as to whether or not you should install a fire alarm for your business or your home? A fire alarm is a small electrical device which is trained to detect high levels of smoke and heat, and to make a loud sound to alert anyone of the danger. Here are the top reasons why everyone should have a fire alarm.

They save lives

The most obvious and clear reason to install a fire alarm this year is the fact that it could end up saving your life. If you are working or sleeping and a fire starts, what will tell you that the fire is in your home or workplace? If you don’t have an alarm to alert you to the danger you may not be able to escape in time and live. To protect yourself, the people you love and your employees, you need a fire alarm today.

They reduce damage

When you have a fire alarm at home or in the workplace you will immediately be able to reduce the damage caused by a fire. This is because you will be alerted sooner, you can try and put it out sooner, and the fire brigade can reach the scene and stop the fire sooner. You are much less likely to lose your while home or building if you have a fire alarm because you can act on it much quicker before it spreads. Remember to get AEL fire alarm engineers to check your alarm regularly to ensure that it works.

Shorter recovery

Due to the fact that you can react to a fire quicker with an alarm, you will also be able to reopen your business and get back to work much quicker than you would have otherwise. With less damage and less injury amongst you and your staff, you will be able get back to full health much quicker and be able to carry on making a living.

Discounted insurance

A lot of the time if you don’t have a fire alarm and you try to get insurance for your building, you will end up paying a fairly high premium to keep it safe and ensure that any damage is compensated. If you have a fire alarm in the home you will be able to get a smaller premium because the insurance company will be much happier to cover your costs.

Avoid complaints If one of your workers ends up injuring themselves in a fire in your workplace and you don’t have an alarm, they are within their rights to sue you for any personal damages they are faced. The good thing is that you can avoid this by simply installing a fire alarm today. As soon as you have a fire alarm in your building you cannot be liable for an injury because the warnings are clear and there will have been the opportunity to escape the fire. This will save you money and it will also help to save your reputation.

*Photo by John Cafazza
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Christine Buske is a former academic who left science at the bench, and now considers herself a woman in tech. She is a frequently invited speaker, and enjoys talking about career transformation (particularly leaving academia for the business world), tech, issues around women in tech, product management, agile, and outreach. She is a proud Canadian resident, and qualifies as a "serial expat".

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