Proper emergency preparation can mean the difference between life and death for your employees and customers in the event of an emergency situation. Whether the emergency is a medical, safety, security or weather related incident, the ability to quickly and clearly inform staff of the emergency and coordinate the appropriate action plan verbally is critical to ensuring the safety of your staff.
Emergency warning systems are an integral part of any facility’s emergency preparation plan. The systems designed by Building Systems Solutions are able to deliver highly intelligible emergency messages and tones to employees and customers in the event of an evacuation or other emergency.
These systems are capable of playing background music and broadcasting important announcements during the normal work day in addition to their designated function as an emergency communication device.
THE BENEFITS OF AN EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM
An emergency warning system designed specifically for your space contributes to the safety of all your building’s occupants. Emergency warning systems go beyond the typical siren and strobe light alarms to deliver clear, audible voice instructions. Studies have shown that audible and clear voice instructions are more effective than traditional siren alarms at keeping occupants informed and safe.
THE USE OF AN EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM ON A MULTI-BUILDING CAMPUS
New technology allows emergency warning systems to function in campus and off-site environments. Emergency messages and signals can be distributed corporate wide or to a single facility. A single workstation or multiple workstations can receive notifications of any failures within systems.
New emergency warning systems are designed to be supervised and monitored over existing computer networks. Computer-aided design software ensures that each building has a system that can deliver intelligible messages and tones throughout a facility or facilities and meets the latest safety codes.
These systems can deliver messages and tones via two-way radios and cell phones, ensuring that outside employees are notified of emergency conditions.
HOW DOES AN EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM WORK?
An emergency warning system is comprised of the following components:
Building Systems Solutions can identify your building’s unique acoustical needs during initial testing and design a system that will maximize the effectiveness of your message. Two sound concepts contribute to an effective emergency warning system: audibility and intelligibility.
It is imperative that voice instructions are audible to all building occupants so they are informed and safe. The intelligibility of the emergency message is also essential to occupant safety. A message is intelligible if someone is able to understand the announcement, not just hear that a message is being broadcast.
In addition to audibility and intelligibility, several other factors contribute to the effectiveness of an employee warning system.
- Background and Ambient Noises: Voice intelligibility is dependent on the level of background noise in your space. The more background noise that exists the harder it will be for your building’s occupants to hear voice instructions. Factors that contribute to ambient noise include HVAC systems, mechanical and equipment rooms, printers, conversations and mail rooms.
- Echoes and Reverberations: Echoes occur when speech bounces off hard surfaces and can make speech unintelligible, as can reverberation, which blurs words.
- An Ineffective Loudspeaker System: Your current system may not be adequately powered to overcome existing background noise.
Building Systems Solutions will measure the impact of all of these factors in your space, then design a custom employee warning system that will emit audible and intelligible voice instructions.
CAN YOU UPGRADE FROM AN EXISTING EMERGENCY WARNING SYSTEM?
Yes, in most cases we can design a new emergency warning system using some of your existing system components.
To receive more information on our Intelligibility Testing services for Emergency Warning Systems or to book a testing please contact us