A fire in your data center is not something than any data center admin wants to think about. After all, when your data center serves as the storage place for your company’s mission-critical data, even a little downtime can be very harmful for the business. In addition, a single fire in the data center that’s not detected and suppressed in time could be enough to literally shut down the entire business.
As a result, there is simply no such as thing as being too cautious when it comes to fire safety in you data center. Of course, keeping employees safe and complying with regulatory requirements are also an important part of the fire safety equation for data centers, so data center admins clearly have a lot to think about when it comes to building a fire alarm system.
MCIS Provides the Knowledge and Experience to Build the Fire Alarm System Your Data Center Needs
At Miller Critical Infrastructure Solutions (MCIS), we’ve been helping our customers prepare their data centers for fire safety since the 1980s. Our level of experience and knowledge with fire safety in data center settings makes us uniquely qualified to build the fire alarm system your business needs to keep both employees and data safe.
Working with MCIS to build your fire alarm system can offer your company the following benefits:
- A system that detects all fires, while also cutting down on false alarms
- The ability to ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements
- An integrated fire detection, notification, and suppression system
A System That Detects All Fires, While Also Cutting Down On False Alarms
While it is important for you and your employees to know about all fires in your data center as soon as they happen, it may be equally important for your fire safety system to cut down on false alarms. These false alarms are especially damaging, because they can shut down your power and interfere with the day-to-day processes of your business, while also preventing your employees from working as hard as they would otherwise.
At MCIS, we understand that cutting down on false alarms is one of the most difficult things to do when creating a fire alarm system for a data center. There are many occurrences specific to data center, such as a leak in a coolant system that might be misinterpreted as a fire by some fire alarm systems. As data center experts, we have the knowledge and experience needed to build a system that detects all fires, but accounts for the things inside a data center that might result in a false alarm.
The Ability to Ensure Compliance with All Regulatory Requirements
The regulatory requirements for fire alarms can vary wildly across different jurisdictions. If your data center staff isn’t clear on what the requirements are for your jurisdiction, the regulatory breach may end up resulting in serious financial and reputation damage for your business.
Many of the regulatory requirements that come up frequently in different jurisdictions, such as including visual notifications like flashing lights in addition to traditional sound alarms, are best practices to follow anyway, as they can help you make sure that all of your employees are aware of the alarm, even those that are hard of hearing or working in a room that always has very loud ambient noises. However, there are other requirements that are not so obvious, and MCIS can help you understand what those requirements are and make sure your system meets them.
An Integrated Fire Detection, Notification, and Suppression System
A fire safety system includes a variety of different functions, and they all have to be working well in conjunction with one another to truly be able to keep your employees and infrastructure safe. Fire detection is the first function in the process. If fires are not detected accurately and immediately, none of the other functions will be of any use. Fire notification is important because it allows your employees to exit affected areas quickly and safely.
Finally, fire suppression systems can help put out the fire with the minimum amount of damage possible. It’s important that your suppression system only fires after the notification system has given employees enough time to clear the area, as many suppression chemicals should not be used around humans. MCIS can help you build a fully integrated fire safety system, with all of these functions working well together.
To learn more about fire safety systems from MCIS, contact us today.