Fire Alarm System Wiring
Installing a fire alarm system requires careful planning and these correct components.
Considerations for Fire Alarm System Wiring
Question: I need to wire a horn and strobe for an alarm in a facility. The owner wants to be able to silence the fire alarm horn with a momentary switch, but still have the fire strobe light active until the fire alarm condition goes OFF. After it goes OFF and back ON the horn and strobe should be active until the horn is silenced or the alarm goes back OFF.
This electrical question came from: Bobby, from Grenville, South Carolina
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Thanks for your electrical question Bobby
Wiring a Facility Fire Alarm System
Bobby, I have installed fire alarm cables and wiring for several fire alarm systems which are carefully designed, monitored and controlled by an approved fire alarm panel. These panels have all the capabilities that you are describing with optional features for extensive alarm supervision and annunciation. All fire alarm systems should be installed by authorized licensed contractors who are fully covered by liability insurance and all work must be inspected. The fire alarm systems must be routinely tested and documented for insurance compliance and reliability to ensure system functionality.
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