The Necessity of Fire Alarm Systems in Public Spaces such as Shopping Malls

John Larkin with ESC News (image)
John Larkin with ESC News

The Necessity of Fire Alarm Systems in Public Spaces such as Shopping Malls | #ESC_LLC #FireAlarm #Shopping #RealEstate #FireCode | Recovering from a fire is not a quick, easy thing. First, there is the matter of an investigation as to the cause by local fire authorities or a state fire marshal’s office. Second there is the issue of demolition where the remains of the damaged construction is removed and hauled away for disposition. This is just the very beginning what so often turns out to be a long, drawn-out process. https://wp.me/p97JNV-AK

There’s the insurance company to deal with, the loss of valuable employees, and did I forget to mention the loss of loyal customers who depended on the mall for their daily needs, such as clothing, food, computers, cameras, and more. And even that’s not all of the issues that the owners of a fire-ridden mall have to contend with. There’s the issue of lost revenue due to lost tenants.

Multi-million-euro insurance battle looms over Douglas Village Shopping Centre blaze, News Irish News
Multi-million-euro insurance battle looms over Douglas Village Shopping Centre blaze, News Irish News

In many cases, individual tenants are required to install their own fire alarm system, often integrating it with the mall’s master fire alarm for monitoring and oversight. Where there’s a heavy fee for interconnection, it may be more economical for a tenant to have their fire alarm company monitor their fire alarm system instead. The mall may or may not allow this, depending on the lease agreement.

And then there’s the issue of responsibility. The various insurance companies are going to want to know where to send the bill, or more like where NOT to send it. That’s a can of worms in and of itself. Be sure to carry sufficient fire insurance, whether you’re a tenant or the owner of a mall.

John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Greater Ohio (Image)
John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Greater Ohio

The following is a collection of news articles involving fires and explosions at shopping malls. In some of them you will read about promises of rebuilding, but that is often years in the future, or it can be, depending on the insurance coverage. In the mean time, if you should have questions about fire alarm detection in shopping mall situations, whether you own the mall or a small, rented space within a mall, please feel free to contact the professionals at Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC), headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

“ESC operates throughout the state of Ohio as well as Louisville, Kentucky. So we’re quite able to handle any questions you may have concerning your situation,” says John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC. “Give us a call today and we’ll help you in any way we can. Call 614-754-1393, email ESC@tpromo.com, visit our fire alarm page or  use the convenient contact form below.