Fire Alarm

Nothing is more important than knowing that your family, home and property are secure and safe from injury or damage. Security Solutions NW can give you peace of mind with customized solutions designed to meet your specific needs ... and your budget.

Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

Commercial fire alarm systems in new construction must comply with current codes and meet requirements outlined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Fire Code (IFC). (Some requirements vary by fire jurisdiction.)Existing facilities may not be required to comply with current regulation until renovating or expanding the building or when installing new fire protection systems or devices.

Insurance companies almost always provide a premium discount for elective fire detection systems and often require fire alarm systems in order to provide coverage. Whether required or elective, nothing is more important than fire protection, and a professionally installed system will ensure maximum protection for employees and customers, as well as for the property assets of the business. 

Smoke Detection

Photoelectric smoke detectors detect the particles in smoke produced in a fire. These common devices are placed at specific increments in areas where detection is required by code. Optical beam smoke detectors detect the same particles, but can be used for high-ceiling applications and large open areas.

Heat Detection

Rate-of-rise heat detectors are the most common devices used in areas not suitable for smoke detectors. (Dirty or dusty environments or work areas where smoke may be produced during normal activity may produce false alarms with photoelectric smoke detectors.) Rate-of-rise detectors will sense the sudden rise in temperature caused by a fire. Some environments with fluctuating temperatures may require use of fixed temperature sensors; these are fixed at higher temperatures levels.

Specialty Detection

Some industrial or commercial facilities have unique or harsh environments that require special fire detection systems such as:

  • video fire detection 
  • air-sampling systems 
  • “linear” heat detection 
  • flammable gas detection 

We can install a wide variety of fire detection systems to meet these special requirements.

Manual Activation

Pull stations are usually located at common exits and sometimes at all exit doors in a building. The pull station allows an individual to activate the fire alarm system at the first sign of smoke or fire.

Sprinkler Systems

Fire sprinkler systems are automatic fire suppression systems triggered by the heat sensor elements in the sprinkler head. In most applications, the sprinkler system will be connected to the fire alarm system. Switches on the tamper and flow valves at the sprinkler “riser” have alarm contacts, so when the sprinkler releases the fire alarm is tripped. For more information on fire sprinkler systems and other fire suppression systems, see Fire Suppression.


Most systems include audible alarm “horns” or visual alarm “strobes” and combination devices called “horn/strobes” to provide annunciation when the fire alarm is tripped. Some systems may also use sirens, and the fire sprinkler usually has a traditional fire alarm bell connected. Many residential fire alarm systems use lower decibel “piezo” alerts in residential spaces, or sounders may be integrated in the smoke detector much like the typical home smoke detector. 

Mass Notification

Emergency Voice Alarm Communication (EVAC) systems, commonly referred to as “Mass Notification Systems,” are sometimes needed for large venues like shopping malls or sports arenas and other special applications (like government and military facilities). The EVAC is integrated with the fire alarm system to provide audible evacuation instructions over speakers.