What is better, a manual or battery operated fire alarm?
Before we can answer this question it is vital to remember the purpose of any alarm- to alert people to the presence of a fire so they can evacuate the premises.
A fire alarm does not detect fires, someone has to activate them. Therefore there are different types in order to suit different situations. Here are a few examples:
- Gas horns – With a 1500-metre range, these manually operated horns are ideal if you need to alert people quickly. They are also a good option if you work on a building site or are temporarily being relocated and therefore have not had fire alarms fitted.
- Rotary fire alarm – This one is simple, all you do is wind the handle in order to make a noise and alert people of a fire. With a 60 decibel sound, it is unlikely that people won’t be able to hear it. As with the gas horn this is also a useful temporary solution before fitting permanent alarms.
- Howler site alert – This battery operated interlinking alarm system is ideal for construction sites, instantly alerting people when a fire has been detected. It also comes with a strobe light so if you work in a noisy environment you can see the light as a visual emergency warning.
The Right System For You
Ultimately what you choose depends on your situation, your location and your budget.
In a small office, school or village hall a manually operated alert system such as a rotary bell may be the only thing necessary as people can hear it and swiftly exit.
Aside from being easy to use and operate it would also be relatively low cost and low maintenance.
However, if you operate a business on a number of floors, then you need something where everyone on every level can be alerted as soon as possible and in this instance, it is best to invest in an interlinking system.
In the case of a noisy working environment, the addition of a visual alert on top of any audible alert could be vital.
Whatever method you choose it is vital to ensure they are properly looked after, the equipment is stored or positioned correctly and is not misused.
Whether manual or battery you need to ensure you have something to keep people ready to evacuate in an emergency and keep them safe.