Fire Protection

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Smoke & Heat Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Our smoke and heat alarms, compared to most alarms in households which are independent battery operated, are interconnected meaning: when one sounds, they all sound!

Some facts about smoke and heat detection devices, reported by National Fire Protection Association:

  • In 2012-2016, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (12.3 deaths vs. 5.7 deaths per 1,000 fires).

Source: (National Fire Protection Association)

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Carbon Monoxide Detection

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes, or standards.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, first check if the low battery light is solid, if not - immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Emergency services will be immediately dispatched and stay there until emergency personnel arrives.
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Pull Stations

Essentially a panic lever for fire emergencies. Needs to be manually activated. Common on commercial properties but also advised or required for larger residential and live-in premises.

In its simplest form, the user activates the alarm by pulling the handle down, which completes a circuit and locks the handle in the activated position, sending an alarm to the fire alarm control panel. After operation, most fire alarm pull stations must be restored to the ready position using a special tool or key in order for the panel to be reset.

Horn Strobes

Emits a flashing light and blaring siren when the fire alarm system is triggered. When these devices are deployed and wired to other fire protection devices, it will deploy when any other devices along the circuit are activated.

Click on the video to see a demonstration of a horn strobe when activated.

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Fire Testing

Most importantly, after you have these devices installed on your property you need to ensure that all the components are working and communicating properly with each other within the fire circuit.
By law, all smoke detectors are required to be inspected once per year, commercial & residential. Checkpoint Alarms is licensed to carry out these tests along with other device tests like Carbon Monoxide, Heat, Pull Station etc.

Flow Valve Sensors

Commonly used with sprinkler systems. They are activated when a sprinkler temperature sensor is triggered, causing the flow valve to open sending water to the sprinklers and activating the alarm. Most common in commerical properties.

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