3 Useful Visual Flame Detector Features

1 February 2022
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Visual flame detection systems will help you protect your facility. These devices use optical or digital technology to 'see' fires in their field of vision. You can use them to monitor parts of your facility 24/7 as an automatic early warning system whether you have personnel on site or not.

While all flame detectors do the same job, some have additional useful features. What should you look out for before you choose the right devices and system for your needs?

1. Targeted Reporting Sensitivity

Visual flame detectors help alert you to fires fast. They use visual aid technology to spot fire early; they don't need to wait for the fire to build and spread before they give an alert. Unlike smoke detectors, they can spot fire at a distance. They don't have to wait for smoke to reach their sensors, for example.

However, some detectors can give out too many false alarms. They might be too sensitive to any bright light, flare, or innocent fire in their field of vision. For example, a sudden burst of bright sunlight through a window might trigger an alarm. Some detectors might go off every time you weld within their range.

Look for devices with targeted sensitivity features. These devices can tell the difference between different types of light and fire. They won't give out as many false alarms but will be a real help if you do have a real fire.

2. Live Monitoring

Some visual flame detectors simply sound an alarm when they see a fire; others send an alert to an in-house or external fire monitoring system. All you know at this stage is that a detector has gone off.

You can connect some systems to live monitoring services. Here, if an alarm sounds, then an operator can access its detector to double-check why the alarm has gone off. This reduces false alarms. It also gives you useful situational information that could help emergency responders deal with the fire quickly and safely.

3. Pre- And Post-Alarm Recording

Visual flame detectors usually have one job — they give early fire alerts. While this is helpful, you can make these systems more useful. For example, you can choose products that record videos.

Here, a detector would record footage before, during, and after a fire. This information can be useful; you can use it to identify how or why a fire started. You can see how the fire spread in the area. You can use this data to improve your overall fire safety measures.

To find out more about visual flame detection systems, contact industrial fire protection services providers.