Fire Prevention and Detection is Serious Business

The most recent development in fire detector detection deals with children and the findings of several studies which suggest they can sleep through the sound of an activated smoke alarm.


The newest members of the NAPCO Firewolf family are the FW2-H and FW4-H smoke detectors with built-in thermal heat sensor. These smoke detectors come in both two- and four-wire models. (FW2-H is the two-wire model and the FW4-H is the four-wire model). These advanced photoelectric smoke detectors accurately detect a wide range of fire types than most other smoke detectors.

The built-in thermal heat detector can detect fires up to 135°F (57°C). The FW2-H & FW4-H have an attractive low profile baseless unit, which makes them suitable for nearly any dĂ©cor. The smoke detector's patented chamber and photodiode are designed to detect even the smallest particles, found in clean-burning fire types like alcohol fires. For easy-to-see operation, both smoke detectors have dual LEDs for 360°F visibility. Other features include a vandal-resistant security locking feature, a built-in magnetic go/no-go detector test feature and a removable smoke labyrinth for easy cleaning or replacement.

The Meridian smoke detector series from DSC, with its patented design, is built to be extremely sensitive to smoke over a long period of time. Meridian incorporates an advanced 90° photoelectric detection pattern-a uniquely designed smoke chamber with a high immunity to false alarms. Meridian can detect smoldering or rapid growth fires under a broad range of applications and changing environmental conditions.

It is available with a built-in sensor designed to detect the presence of heat caused by a fire that starts and develops very rapidly.

With a quick glance at the LED indicator located at the top of a Meridian unit, you can see the smoke detector's status. Every 40 seconds, Meridian does an automatic self-test. Meridian smoke detectors come in a variety of models to suit many needs. DSC offers a comprehensive line of fire alarm system devices.

A Wide Scope
The threat of death or injury from fire is a terror everyone lives with, regardless of current events. In addition to homeowners protecting their families, major segments of private industry, as well as the public sector, are involved in having fire detection, suppression and reporting systems installed in their premises. They are also very interested in life safety systems intended to provide people safe egress from structures on fire (or other emergency conditions).

For some, installing fire alarms is a lucrative sideline. For many dealers, it is a full-time pursuit. Whatever your level of involvement, everyone agrees on a few things:



  • Fire alarm systems are a life and death issue and must be undertaken with the highest level of responsibility form every individual involved.

  • The fire alarm market is growing, and in itself presents even more opportunities.

  • To do turnkey fire system installs requires commitment. A thorough understanding of practices, and codes, and remaining current on new technologies and developments.

Regardless of your geographic location, whether your region is going through a growth phase or not, there is a need for new fire systems, upgrades to existing systems and maintenance for all of them. Fire alarm system installation can range from dragging wire, to design and build, to performing scheduled system maintenance and repairs of existing systems.

High-speed networking and fiber-optic communications are features of this system.The goal of the fire alarm industry is to increase the efficiency of fire alarm technology in the areas fire detection/annunciation, installation/maintenance and operation. And incredible advances are continuously being introduced. In an industry whose prime mission is life safety and fire detection, the products on the market today continue to evolve, offering better protection and enhanced features.

Fire Control Instruments (FCI), a part of Honeywell Fire Solutions Group, is utilizing high-speed networking and fiber optic communications, combined with intelligence and high reliability to produce an exceptional line of fire alarm systems. FCI NetSOLO Broadband meets a wide variety of applications using minimum equipment. NetSOLO Broadband delivers full-network control and communications, digital messaging, live voice instructions and firefighter telephone communications through a distributed network fire alarm system on a single pair of wires. NetSOLO incorporates existing 7100 panels, the system doesn't need to be redesigned and can be expanded as the user's application grows. The system uses powerful Boolean logic programming and a state-of-art Digital Signal Processor (DSP). NetSOLO delivers on a platform of survivability, reliability and flexibility. The product's combination of speed, adaptability and ease of installation results in lowered implementation costs while providing a rugged and easy-to-use system.

The VISTA Series from ADEMCO is designed to integrate seamlessly with CCTV, access control and ADEMCO's full range of fire and burglary The ability to integrate seamlessly with CCTV and access control is important today.components. This UL-listed commercial fire and burglary control platform controls up to eight partitions, and supports up to 250 zones/ points using hardwired, wireless and V-Plex addressable technologies. The extensive line of ADEMCO initiating devices, notification circuits, digital dialers, keypads, RF receivers and relays are supported by this extremely powerful control platform. The VISTA-250FBP mounts quickly and easily; is supplied in an attack resistant cabinet, and is available in 12V and 24V models. A revolutionary new feature called "Panel Linking" allows multiple partitions, panels-even buildings-to be armed, disarmed and have status checked from one location.

GE Interlogix is another company with an array of products. Its ESL detectors and initiating devices include an innovative well-rounded line of smoke detectors, heat detectors and manual fire alarm pull stations. ESL detectors come in many forms from wireless to hardwired to point ID. Features such as CleanMe remote maintenance alert, drift compensation and self-diagnostics are designed into the products to reduce false alarms, boost installer sales and increase monitoring retention rates.

ESL smoke detectors are photoelectric and range in applications from 12/24V AC/DC hardwire for residential or to battery operated wireless transmission to 120 VAC direct wire products. Model types are as varied as necessary to meet virtually every application need--whether it be residential, commercial or industrial.