The Truth About Integrating Fire Safety With Business Security: More Necessary Than You May Think!


In 2015, the U.S. Fire Administration reported roughly 104,600 non-residential building fires, causing $2.7 billion in losses. Companies must leverage safety devices such as heat-activated sprinklers or smoke detectors to signal and extinguish fires. These are the advantages of incorporating fire safety into your business security arrangement.

Comprehensive Services With a Single Vendor

Think about choosing a vendor who offers both security and fire solutions for optimum protection and effective dispatch.

As you combine security with fire safety, you’ll be integrating all your safety measures into a single fortified system. Both security and fire emergency alerts will be relayed to a monitoring center, affording operators to the capacity to quickly dispatch vital emergency help to your place of business.

In the case of emergency fires, the plan would play out in the following way:

  • An alarm would sound to notify for immediate evacuation.
  • Alerts would then be sent to the 24/7 monitoring station.
  • A call is sent to ensure the owner on file understands the severity of conditions.
  • Then, operators inform your local police or fire department if it’s a confirmed emergency or you are not able to be contacted.

Having a single vendor also allows maintenance and repairs to be a breeze. You can get a hold of the same partner no matter which system needs to be serviced.

Real-Time Sensor and Video Monitoring

The faster a response can get sent out during a fire, the less you’ll need to worry about the consequences.

Real-time monitoring through integrated temperature sensors and surveillance cameras lets users oversee the high-risk places where a fire can transpire such as a restaurant kitchen. Cameras also enable you to go back in time to see where the fire began, how it transpired and who could be held responsible.

Fire Code Adherence

Consult with your security vendor and IT department to see if there’s coherency between the security and fire systems and affirm that every safety regulation gets met. We at Invision Security have been handling cases just like these for more than a decade, so we have answers to all the common questions. Give us a call today to speak with a qualified representative.

Moreover, over 300 consensus codes get posted by the National Fire Protection Association with standards for minimizing the likelihood of a fire. As you’re well aware, when you own a business it’s your duty to fulfill those standards of safe working conditions.

Integration of Fire Safety

It’s vital for fire detection systems to minimize the chance of a false alarms occurrence. The consequences in such an environment can be catastrophic. It’s beneficial for devices to be “smart.” This means decision-making is performed internally and not within the panel. Multiple and concurrent sensors lead to zero false alerts.

What Integrated Fire Safety and Security System Looks Like

To give an example of integration consider how a control system sends operators a notification mentioning a smoke detector alarm. With more access to a broader array of resources to handle the situation, carrying out vital decisions is streamlined.

These questions include:

  • Should gas extinguishing systems be released over critical data storage units?
  • Are fire services a need and should they be deployed?
  • What’s the hazard personnel are facing around the site?

Those considerations can be centralized to lower costs, but centralization assigns more importance on efficient communication due to expanded geographic boundaries.