Smoke Detector Alternative Delivers Earlier Detection; Superior Aesthetics

The system is also sophisticated enough to allow for three levels of sensitivity that can significantly reduce false alarms. For example, the system can differentiate a fire alarm triggered by someone smoking in a room from an alarm activated by a smoldering fire.

Even with these benefits, one of the primary advantages of an aspirating smoke detector system is its ease of maintenance, inspection and servicing.

While spot smoke detectors are reliable and relatively easy to install, NFPA regulations also mandate annual inspection and testing of each unit for many facilities including colleges and universities. This tedious and time-consuming process requires a fire alarm contractor to enter each room, introduce smoke directly into the detector and verify that it functions properly. This is often covered under ongoing maintenance contracts where fire alarm contractors make a significant amount of their profit.

“The unique feature of the VEA system is that testing takes place back in the data closet where the central unit is located,” Pritchard says. “Not having to do the inspection out in the field saves a lot of time and causes much less disruption. There’s no need for me to stand on a ladder underneath each sample point and I’m not in people’s way.”

“Testing from the central unit also means you can perform the inspection at any time of day and the building occupants don’t even have to know about it,” Pritchard adds.

By some estimates, this inspection from a single location can greatly reduce maintenance and inspection costs and reduce the total cost of ownership of the fire alarm system by up to 60 percent.

As for installation of the sampling points on the ceilings, it is performed in a similar way as with other smoke detectors.

“The location of detectors doesn’t have to be any different from when installing regular smoke detectors,” Pritchard explains. “This was a very smooth installation and startup. The sample points were placed with the same spacing and following common paths of egress to ensure that the exit paths would not be contaminated with smoke.”

“As for the programming,” Pritchard continues. “It was pretty straightforward and the system is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. The university is very happy with the way the product looks and works.”

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